Friday, November 6, 2009
Here comes Christmas, elves and all
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With 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren to shop for this year, it can be a challenge finding something unique, fun, useful AND affordable for each one. My toddler grandson's mom is already hinting that a swing set would be nice for this year and I found a great assortment of swing sets to choose from at CSN Stores. I must admit, she was right when she gave me hints last year. I wonder if she was the one who put the toy store sales flyer under my windshield wiper. It did appear just after she left here last Sunday. Hmmmm.
One of our traditions (started by that same daughter) is having the kids make a gift wish scrapbook. This happens on Thanksgiving day as they wait for the turkey to come out of the oven. The house is heavily scented with nutmeg, cinnamon and the pungent undertone of poultry seasoning. The TV is tuned to the Christmas Parade and the kids' eyes are sparkling with wonder and excitement at the prospect of having all their wishes come true.
They sit at the breakfast nook table, or outside on the porch if it is warm enough, supplied with sales flyers, notebook paper, scotch tape, scissors and a pen. The process sounds easy enough "make a wish flyer showing what, where and how much it costs." But it is complicated enough to keep them from underfoot for several hours. If they remember to put their names on each page it works well. Of course, we have to remind them that there are no guarantees in life.
Jingle bells, jingle bells... okay, I think I feel the mood coming. Look out elves, here I come!