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Thread: I almost cried

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    My kids are grown and gone, have their own homes. I'm just fine with it, that's the way things are supposed to be and I do love my own time and space.

    My daughter texted me awhile ago and said Christmas Eve at her house, dinner at 4 or 5? I replied whatever was convenient for her though I would rather not drive in the dark (it's a narrow, winding levee road with ditches on both sides). She replied to come early and stay the night, drink some eggnog with her.

    A few moments later it hit me that I would then be there on Christmas morning with the three grandkids. I got tears in my eyes quite suddenly.

    I hadn't really thought about that. I didn't expect to see them then. I know that it's an honor and a privaledge to be asked to spend that time with her family. I was out shopping yesterday and passing all these little things that I would have got for my kids' stockings. I wanted to get some but I thought, that's not my job to do anymore and I don't want to step on her toes.

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    I'm so glad that you get to spend Christmas morning with your daughter and your grands.
    My kids are all grown too. Same as you, I was shopping today and thinking about stockings and how I don't need to buy anything for stockings. My 3 girls will all have Christmas morning with their spouses and in-laws but we are all traveling down to my parents house in Orange county and will all have dinner together. Though, thinking about it, my 22 y/o son will be here Christmas morning. I guess I should have picked up something for him. I still have time.

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    My kids get stockings from us and my Mom. When we were on good terms with the in-laws there would be stockings over there for the kids too. I wouldn't have it any other way. I think you should give your grand kids stockings with lots of goodies in them. If your not comfortable with it then ask your DD if it's ok. It never hurts to ask!!

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    Maybe I could do a little goodie bag for each.

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    Enjoy the joy of Christmas morning with the kids!

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    I am so happy for you that you get to spend Christmas morning with your grandchildren. Enjoy the moment and treasure it! :-D

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    Oh, I am so glad!! My grandparents usually spent Christmas Eve with us and my grandmother still comes to stay at my Mom's. I certainly loved that they were always there. Enjoy your time!!

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    go, and make some great memories with your grandkids! pab

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    You know, no one is going to fill a stocking for your daughter and her DH. They will be focused on the kids. Maybe you could play Santa for the grown-ups with a few little surprises in your daughter and her DH's stockings.

    And have a wonderful time with your family!

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    you could always ask DD first, then if it's ok with her, then do what you can. But most of all enjoy the opportunity of getting to spend Christmas eve and Christmas morning with them. I don't get to see any of mine until New Year's eve.

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    How wonderful of your DD to invite you to stay Christmas Eve :D:D:D

    One of our favorite childhood gifts, was a box of individually wrapped toys from our Aunt and Uncle :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishNY
    You know, no one is going to fill a stocking for your daughter and her DH. They will be focused on the kids. Maybe you could play Santa for the grown-ups with a few little surprises in your daughter and her DH's stockings.

    And have a wonderful time with your family!
    Great idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pittsburgpam
    My kids are grown and gone, have their own homes. I'm just fine with it, that's the way things are supposed to be and I do love my own time and space.

    My daughter texted me awhile ago and said Christmas Eve at her house, dinner at 4 or 5? I replied whatever was convenient for her though I would rather not drive in the dark (it's a narrow, winding levee road with ditches on both sides). She replied to come early and stay the night, drink some eggnog with her.

    A few moments later it hit me that I would then be there on Christmas morning with the three grandkids. I got tears in my eyes quite suddenly.

    I hadn't really thought about that. I didn't expect to see them then. I know that it's an honor and a privaledge to be asked to spend that time with her family. I was out shopping yesterday and passing all these little things that I would have got for my kids' stockings. I wanted to get some but I thought, that's not my job to do anymore and I don't want to step on her toes.
    Hard to "pass the torch" isn't it?

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    I usually have 26 stocking hung at my house, one for each child and their spouse and each of the grandkids and my mother in law, and my granddaughter insisted the 3 dogs should have a stocking also lol, you're never to old for a stocking

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    Quote Originally Posted by pittsburgpam
    Maybe I could do a little goodie bag for each.
    I don't see a reason not to. After shipping costs this year that may all I send to the grandkids next year. That or order online and have it shipped.

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    That is a good idea to get something for the grownups. I am not totally sure if they have stockings. I know the kids do since they lived with me until a couple of years ago.

    Hmmm... I'll have to go out this weekend.

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    We have been married for 48 years and still I would be upset if my stocking was not filled on Christmas morning! I admit he has slacked up the last couple of years but still he goes through the motions.

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    Great idea on the little goodie bags!

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    I would still get something for Mom and dads stockings :) Since you were the original santa to your daughter :)

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    Nice to be with family. I got tears reading it.

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    My GS is 14 and we have always had a stocking for him at our house. Still do for my daughters too, even tho they are grown. This has just always been our tradition, and I couldn't do without it. Enjoy every minute you can with them....you will be creating memories for them as well.

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    We alwsys have some part of Christmas at my house, whether it is on Christmas day or not. Whoever it is that has 26 stockings has me beat though! I thought I was doing pretty good with 13 or 14 on my mantel and the adjacent bookcases.
    Finding goodies to put in the stockings is part of the fun of Christmas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    My kids get stockings from us and my Mom. When we were on good terms with the in-laws there would be stockings over there for the kids too. I wouldn't have it any other way. I think you should give your grand kids stockings with lots of goodies in them. If your not comfortable with it then ask your DD if it's ok. It never hurts to ask!!
    My Mom made stockings for her grandkids and us adults for quite a long time. I have continued the tradition with mine. Now that they are getting older, the 18 year old is getting some extra cash in a little felt stocking--too hard to come up with something for his stocking. And since my daughter and I tended to put the same things in her kids stockings we decided a couple of years ago to go together and do theirs. They can't open them until we get there though. I quite doing the adults when the grandkids got to be too many. I would ask your daughter what she thinks. She may just like to have the extra helping hand.

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    I'll ask her if she'd like me to pick up things for the kids. I know money is tight so maybe she would welcome it.

    If it was my house it would be different.

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    I'm so glad you will be spending Christmas with your family!!
    I have no grands yet, well, I have the furry ones lol
    My good friend wanted to have stockings at her house for her grands but the parents didn't want the kids to have them at both houses. So she graciously let it go. I'm taking notes from her to be a good mother-in-law someday :D:D

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