Christmas with Kristen.

Many thanks to my friend Liz Jordan for the recent post on her afternoon show blog!

"Kristen Hilyard is one of the most creative and gifted designers and stylists I’ve ever known. She primarily works with Chef and Author Domenica Catelli styling food for TV segments, photo shoots and much more.

Kristen has traveled all over the U.S. using her gift for design and eye for a bargain to help others discover creative ways to decorate, celebrate and make lasting, colorful memories.

Kristen is pictured here with her family and you can watch her live tomorrow morning on Fox Morning Extra just after 9 a.m. Click here for her recent appearance with awesome tips on setting the table!

Check out some of her latest decorating and memory making ideas for the entire family!

Gingerbread Man Decorating Race!
·Pre-bake Gingerbread men
·Race kids vs. kids / Adults vs. adults - decorate gingerbread men and have an adult race where kids cheer on adults. Give extra time for kids and minimal time for adults to decorate the cookies.
· Everyone vote and declare winners for the race. Make a crown for the winners to wear and maybe give a gift.
·Turn on KSBJ Christmas music to create an atmosphere of excitement and Christmas cheer!

Making Simple Tree Ornaments:
· It can be as simple as tracing your hand on felt and decorating it.
· Get a plain ornament and decorating it. Place a photo inside as well!
· Make sure to write year and name of the person who decorated it on ornament creating memories for years to come!

Extra Fun Stuff:
Go watch a Christmas movie with the family
Go look at lights and bring a thermos of hot cocoa with you
Go pick up a Christmas tree and decorate
Go help out at a charity
Make your own hot cocoa mix.

Staying Jesus Focused:
Have everyone sit around and read scriptures from the Bible about the birth of Jesus
Go to Christmas Eve service at church
Bake a cake and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus
Sit around and sing Christmas songs and teach them to kids
Ask what Christmas means to everyone? Favorite Christmas memories from the past!

Santa Fun:
Read T’was The Night Before Christmas out loud
Bake cookies and leave out for Santa! (Parents: make sure you take a bite out of cookie so kids know Santa really came!)
Make reindeer treats and eat while you watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Santa Clause the movie or Miracle on 34th Street
Follow Santa at

My Family’s Tradition:
Easy dinner: Turkey Chili from Domenica Catelli’s Mom-a-licious cookbook
The children wrap each other’s Christmas gifts for mama and we all watch The Christmas story movie over and over again
Every year we get new p.j.’s from my mom and wear them that night for Christmas morning!

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!