Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor from Minnesota surprised to find myself on an island in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, three younger children (the oldest is attending college in Chicago), and two dogs.

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Harry Potter Christmas Countdown: Week Four

Day 22: Harry Potter Bookmarks (And a book!)

Since moving to the island two years ago, we needed to come up with new traditions of our own. One of the traditions we adopted is the Icelandic ritual of giving books and chocolate on Christmas Eve. But you could give out books a couple days early. Especially if you have younger kids who need to be kept busy during Christmas break! I think these bookmarks are so cute and you can personalize them for each Hogwarts House.

Day 23: Crepe Balls with Trinkets Inside

It was probably in Victoria magazine that I first came across Christmas Surprise Balls. It’s fun to unwind the balls and find little surprises as you go. And you have to love the riot of crepe paper everywhere when everyone’s done! To make these, you just need some small trinkets (for these, I used Harry Potter stamps and stickers) and some candy if you’d like. And then you just roll it all up into balls and secure each with a piece of tape. The best way to make these is while watching your favorite Christmas movie.

Day 24: Socks (Christmas Eve)

Along with books and chocolate, the six of us get a pair of socks on Christmas Eve. This tradition of ours dovetails nicely with Dobby’s story line (“Master has given Dobby a sock!”), plus you can never have enough socks.

Day 25: Plum Pudding for People Who Don’t Like Plum Pudding

I’ve never been a fan of plum pudding, but I like this version and, anyway, the important part is the fun of setting the pudding on fire. And what a great way to end a month of celebrating Harry Potter—and family.

So there you go. I hope you’ve found some ideas to add some extra magic to your Christmas celebrations!



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