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Christmas Traditions: Spirit of Giving

Christmas Straw Place straw in a basket beside an empty cradle. Each time a family member does a kind or thoughtful act, they can place a piece of straw in the cradle. On Christmas eve wrap a baby doll in swaddling clothing and lay on top of the hay. Struggling Family Take a basket of gifts to a struggling family. …

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Christmas Traditions: Christmas Day

Christmas Morning Take pictures of the kids getting up. First one up wakes everyone or kids must wait until a special signal-e.g.. play a tape. Read Luke 2 before opening gifts. Move Mary, Joseph and Jesus into the manager (see Nativity advent traditions) or place Jesus in the manager from Christmas straw advent tradition. Light last candle in the advent …

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Christmas Traditions: Advent

Counting down for Christmas is a popular family tradition. You can make yours’ centered around activities or use to teach the meaning of Christmas. Advent Candle Paint alternating red and green stripes around a 3″ x 8″ candle. (use nonflammable, nontoxic acrylic paint). Every night at dinner, decide as a family one thing that you are thankful for. Light the …

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Christmas Traditions: Christmas Eve

Turn down the lights and sing carols by candlelight. Take a drive to see outside lights. Read the Christmas story aloud from the Bible. Attend watch night or candle-light service. View Christmas lights about town. Let kids open one gift (such as pajamas). Hang stockings. Serve eggnog or wassail. Is there room in your inn? Tradition from Mexico. Go door …

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Gardening gifts

Know someone who loves working in their garden? Here are some gift ideas they will love. Occasion: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthday, Christmas, Hanukah, Easter Gardening Basket Fill with: Seeds Knee pads Hand cultivator Garden gloves Plant markers Hand pruners Hand trowel Bulbs Nail brush Miscellaneous Gardening books Watering can Hat Gardening calendar Terra cotta pots Rake Hose bowl Bottle …

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Grandparent gifts

Occasion–Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthday, Christmas, Hanukah, Valentine’s Day Activity box for visiting grandchildren Coloring books Puzzles Blocks Books Side-walk chalk Bubbles Tree ornament with child’s picture on it Calendar using family photos Thinking of you–have each child send something for the special interest of the grandparent For example lures for the fisherman Photograph wall hanging–design wall grouping of family …

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Christmas Traditions: Family Activities

Create memories by doing special family activities each year. Start a large jig-saw puzzle at the beginning of the season. See if you can finish before New Year’s Day. Visit Santa. Write Santa. Read a story aloud each evening. Add a new storybook to your collection each year. Watch a Christmas video. View Christmas lights about town. Make a Christmas tree …

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Christmas Countdown

Four Weeks Before Christmas Mail packages that are going awayFinish Christmas card list and mail by the end of the weekComplete at least 1/3 of Christmas shopping list by end of weekPurchase emergency giftsBegin holiday decorating-decorate outside, doors, shelves, mantles.Reserve baby-sitter for Holiday partiesIf, haven’t already done so sort through child’s toys and books-donate barely used toys to charityMake appointment …

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Black Friday Tips

The first Black Friday tip is to make a budget. Include amounts you would like to pay for each gift. Make a list and include sizes. If you receive emails from some of your favorite stores, check them for deals and any exclusive offers. Next year sign-up for emails from your favorite stores early. The next Black Friday tip is to …

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Keeping Christmas Memories

Keeping Christmas memories for future holidays. Creating a journal, photo album and a holiday with suggestions for pictures and memorabilia to include.

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