to handle the stress of the season! This year my gift giving is limited to the little people who call me Nana. There are 2 natural grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren and 4 family friends, ages 7-12. I have made everyone of them a quilt for Christmas. Rather then try to decide whose house I need to be at and when, I came up with this neat little idea. I sent out post card invitations to each them to "Nana's Christmas Cookie Decorating Party". It will be on the 23rd, in the afternoon and it is only for the children. I have a long red Mrs Santa dress, apron and hat that I will wear. Each of them will decorate christmas cookies and will make a christmas ornament. They will put them in little gift bags to take home with them. The ornaments are made out of fabric scraps and card board and I have chosen a small fabric nativiy scene for them to glue onto the fabric. I want them to know the reason for the season. We will also have hot chocolate or punch and a birthday cake for baby Jesus. When they leave they will take their gift-bagged quilts home with them to put under their own trees. They will then have a gift from Nana to open on Christmas eve!
This may be a new tradition for our family. Then on Christmas day I can meander (just like FMQ) my way to the 3 homes I will be visiting. No rush, no time limit, no worrying about what time I have to be where, etc. And no stress!