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    Super Member missgigglewings's Avatar
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    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!

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    What an awesome idea. I will look for my invite in the mail (will kid at heart do - smile). What a great thing, and memory builder, for you to do.

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    That sounds lovely.

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    Murphy..IT sure does in my world! Your invitation is on the way...bring your zither!(or is that a quilting hoop?)

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    oh my. nana dressed as Mrs. Claus. Your little ones will be filled with joy over this. Talk about Giggles! lol... and... it is a memory they will share with their Own gr'children. This is a Lovely idea. (hoping you will have at least one of santa's elves assisting!) Merry Christmas. :-)

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    What a cool idea! When DD was younger I used to plan one Saturday when I'd have several neighborhood/friends children in for the day. We'd make cookies and do crafts, have lunch and maybe a movie. I'd watch the kids all day so that their parents could go shopping without them. We always had such fun! I had a lot of the crafting pre-done so that they only had to assemble it. One year we made reindeer puppets from tube socks, pipecleaners, felt, google eyes and a red pompom; styrofoam cones were wrapped with small green garland and then they glued sparkly pom poms on for ornaments; I had stiffened doilies over styrofoam cones until they dried then removed the cones. We used the large chenille pipe cleaners for arms, a small round stiffened doily for wings, a wooden wheel and ball for the shoulders and head, glued on hair and used a gold pipe cleaner for a halo. It did absolutely nothing to alleviate my stress but I enjoyed it.

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    Great idea! I bake sugar cookies the last Saturday before Christmas, on Sunday, I invite the grandkids over to decorate them. Normally we have a little pizza party and watch a Christmas movie.
    Christmas morning I serve brunch, and everyone comes to my house to eat fresh, home made cinnamon rolls, quiches, fruit, juice and coffee. We exchange gifts and the kids hang around before they have to take off to their next house. This way I get to see everyone first, before the kids get all sugared up! :lol:
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    how clever you are...Christ*mas blessings

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    I love your idea!! What fun! I like hearing all the non-stress related projects!

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    What a wonderful idea and what fun!

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    Sounds like a great day for you and the kids. We usually do the cookie thing, but I won't get the kids in time this year, you know, the divorce thing is just that" every other week-end" . It sucks!!

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    That is wonderful!! :) Enjoy your time. :XD:

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    Nana! You forgot me...I call you Nana too! LOL! Have a wonderful time with the children, that sounds like a wonderful tradition to start. I love the Happy Birthday Jesus cake...I have a friend that used to do that with her children. Mine were too old by the time I knew about it:)
    Enjoy the 23rd!

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    That is a great idea and something the grandchildren will remember for years. What a special afternoon for them.

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    Sounds like a great idea to spend some quality time with the little ones. I am sure they will remember it for years.

    Enjoy your time with them. :)

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    I think that your plan is awesome! Blessings...

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    This sounds like a wonderful idea! Unfortunately, mine are all spread around the country so it wouldn't work for me! Have a good time...it sure sounds like fun!! :thumbup: :thumbup: :D

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    What a great idea!! The children will keep this special memory with them always :D:D:D

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    What a wonderful memory you will be providing!!! The gift of time is the best!

    This is our first Christmas with our oldest two daughters married. Our daughter Meghan and her husband live in he Ft. Worth area and her husband is a police officer, so he has to work on Christmas. Our other kids voted to postpone Christmas until they could arrive...Christmas without Meghan and Erich just wouldn't be Christmas. Our Christmas Eve will be the 26th and our Christmas day will be the 27th. I am looking forward to being selfish and not having to worry about finishing our gifts or dinner...I get to have them all to myself! :D

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    Sounds like it will be a WONDERFUL day!!!!

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    What a good Grandma you are!!

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    Wonderful! Makes me wish for grandchildren for Christmas. Maybe I can draft the little ones next door?
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    what a fun day you have planned - I bet this will become a tradition.

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    can I be your gd too? Sounds like some wonderful memories to be had.

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    I heard of a grandmother who gives Christmas memories as presents. In early to mid December she takes all of her family on an outing. Last year she reserved a room on a riverboat lunch cruise. Sometimes they go to amusement parks, lighting trips, etc. I also love the idea of the cookie party. Grandkids are the most fun to spend time with anyway! :oD

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