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Hi Friends, welcome back to THE SCOOP!  And Happy December! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, here at THE SCOOP! Wow! If you need some Christmas inspiration, ideas, and tips this is the place to be! We are all Merry and Bright! I just want to remind you to keep on commenting on ANY StoneGable post in December to be entered to win a $100.00 VISA GIFT CARD! It’s our December Reader Appreciation Giveaway. Comment on as many posts as you like every day! And make sure to check out the Vintage Charm Giveaway going on now too!

The weekly party featuring the scoop on the best from around the web!
We are 
Yvonne from StoneGable
and Suzy from Worthing Court Our host this week is Debbie at Confessions of a Plate Addict

Hi and welcome back to The Scoop! It’s finally December and Christmas is only a few weeks away! It’s time for me to get those halls decked! It’s always exciting with the little grands in the house but this time of year is extra special. Add to that the fact that the six-year-old has actually lost both of his front teeth in the last week and you know what song we are singing! ♪ ♫ 

I love plaid…especially during the holidays! So I am sharing EIGHT WAYS  TO DECORATE WITH PLAID AT CHRISTMAS.  You’ll find a little bit of everything from wreaths and tablescapes to mantels and gifts so I hope you will check it out!

Also…don’t forget that for those of you with fur babies, there are currently THREE WAYS TO WIN A $100 VISA GIFT CARD from Arm & Hammer Clump and Seal, Natural Balance Pet Foods and Meow Mix! Be sure to enter all three! You will find them HERE, HERE and HERE! Be sure to enter before December 31st!

And now…here’s what your hosts are sharing this week! 



It’s always so hard to choose, but here are a few of the things that caught my eye last week!
 Frog Prince Paperie shared some fun COOKIE EXCHANGE PACKAGING IDEAS. These would be great for giving your homemade goodies as gifts, too!
 This SIMPLE PEPPERMINT BARK RECIPE  from To Simply Inspire is not only pretty but easy as well! It only has three ingredients!
 Don’t you love this PLAID TIDINGS CHRISTMAS TABLE  from Home Is Where the Boat Is? That natural evergreen runner is gorgeous!
 I love this CHRISTMAS MANTEL from Not Just a Housewife! The barn wood and evergreens just make it!
And here’s a great idea for DIY STOCKING HOLDERS  from A Thoughtful Place! They are easy, inexpensive and solve the fear of having little hands pull down those big, heavy store-bought versions. Love it!

And now, I can’t wait to see what you have to share this week!

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting, Yvonne, and friends. Have a lovely week.

  2. Great ideas on the scoop today. It is fun to see what other people do for the holidays.

  3. Theresa Winterberry Lane says:

    Thanks for the links Party this afternoon. I’m always looking for inspiration and this is a great source for great decorating ideas. Thanks again!

  4. I love the scoop parties. There are numerous ideas and suggestions. You give me ideas, which is half of the job of decorating already finished.

  5. A great Scoop this week!

  6. Anne Marie says:

    Great ideas – thanks for the party.

  7. Thanks for hosting the fun party! Lots of inspiration here, as always. This is such a great place to find ideas. Have a blessed week!

  8. Karen Cadden says:

    Where to look first! Each display is beautiful! The hard part is to choose which to use as a spring board for my own home.

  9. Carol Davis says:

    Best Scoop ever – was able to glean at least one idea from each site. Will participate in a small cookie exchange in a couple of weeks and know the peppermint bark will make it to the table.

  10. So many goodies to look at !

  11. Lots of inspiration here. I’m finished decorating for this year but might pick up a different theme for next year and then hit the after Christmas sales.

  12. Hi Yvonne – Wishing you a happy beginning of the holiday season! Thank you for hosting – lots of festive projects. Have a great week! Hugs, Holly

  13. Thank you for hosting Debbie, and Yvonne! Hope you have a great week.

  14. Always find inspiration from your posts.

  15. You site insipires me to changes things up with holiday decorations. I love the idea of putting greenery in boots!

  16. Great, Great, Great ideas. Thanks to all you creative ladies.

  17. Wow…. SO MUCH!!! Thank you!

  18. Hey Yvonne! I hope all is well with you and that your week has been very productive. Thank you for hosting!

  19. Avril Crundwell says:

    Such happy ideas! I love the cookie exchange packaging ideas. So nice. I was always taught that packaging is so important… presentation!