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December 10, 2005

Christmas Gift List

I keep making my list and crossing it off, and then misplacing it. *blush* No, I don't rank among the super-organized like the ladies at Organized Christmas or FlyLady. But the important parts of the holiday are coming together--the smell of baking, the sound of carols, doing the Jesse Tree, lighting advent candles. . .

Anyway, so I don't lose my gift list again, I'm posting it here.

Grandparents M: Card and Photos
Grandparents B: Card and Photos
Grandparents R: Card and Photos
(Still need to choose photos and have them printed.)

My Family:
Dad: Bought (not posting it--Mom might see it!)
Mom: ???
MtnMama and family: Ordered, shipped (You can open it early! *grin* It's for the whole family, but especially the kiddos.)
Johnny: ???

Hubby's Family:
Pop: Book on CD, Ordered
Mom: Book, Chocolate, Surprise, Ordered/Bought
Mike and Shelly: Bread Dipping Spices and Olive Oil, Made/Bought
Their Kids: Christmas Traditions Box, Ordered/Bought
Amanda and Jonathan: ??? (Movie and Popcorn?)
Andrew: 1/2 bought

Kids' Teachers:
Mrs. D: Post It Notes, Bought
Mrs. E: ???
Mrs. K: Chocolate, Bought
Miss S: Cosmetic Bag w/ Goodies, Bought

Dr J/Dr M: Bread Dipping Spices and Olive Oil, Made/Bought
Dee: Hippie Book/Tension Tamer Collection
Bev: Ukrainian Pysanky

Kiddos: (Not posting too many details, just in case.)

Each year we get one "big" gift for all of them, and then some individual gifts. Some of the past "big" gifts have been: a wooden chess set with child-hand sized pieces and the book "The Story of Chess," an indoor wall anchored gym set, the Chronicles of Narnia book set and reading it aloud.

This year we have two big gift. The first is a certain board game that Hubby loves that he wants to teach the boys to play together as a family.

The second is a new costume storage bin and costumes. The boys love dress up and pretend play, and we encourage that. I found some great post-Halloween sales for costumes that seem very durable, and at 90% off, well, it made for lots of fun costume buying! Also we've ordering them these wooden items.


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Great fun! I finally made my list a Word document that can't get misplaced or thrown out...

I've been collecting dress-up things for my daughters as well this year, though haven't been as successful as you sound. I'm going to cave in and make a few things I think before Christmas. And I'm still on the hunt for the storage bin. I'm looking for a really big square basket. Any ideas?

For the grandparents, I had silhouettes (sp?) cut of all the girls for them and I'm especially excited about those gifts. We also make Christmas plates at the pottery shop every year with the girls' handprints on them. Those are half done.

So much to do. Perhaps after finals week?

Posted by: Megan at December 10, 2005 04:25 PM

I want boys so I can order them swords and shields! Those are awesome!

Maybe a pair of each sex... :o)

Posted by: kristen at December 10, 2005 04:50 PM

Love those wooden items. :-)

Posted by: Julana at December 10, 2005 05:24 PM

Megan, your idea for a big, round basket (with a lid!) sounds great. But we're going for the cheap and easy (and stackable) plastic containers that are ubiquitous (and on sale!) at Target.

I've always preferred pretend play, toys made of natural materials and such over plastic and disposable toys. (Not to say my kids don't have their fair share of those!) So, I love the idea of a beautiful basket--but pragmatically, give me plastic. *L*

Megan--definitely! Something to aim for. *Grin* Over time, of course. . .

Julana, my sister prefers her children not to play with weapons. I bought plastic water guns for the kids when they were visiting. *blush* I'm glad we're getting the boys wooden swords and shields, but will have to be careful before getting them for her children.

Posted by: TulipGirl at December 10, 2005 07:05 PM

i'm not so much againt ALL weapons. swords, knives, battering rams... i'm opposed to the KILLING toys. or killing play in general. i love knights, and castles, and the like. Jh9wks already has a real buck knife (that Pat cut the cord with) I know one day he will have play weapons too - but those require some skill and a nice well choreographed duel... not just bang bang your dead. Also we have friends who carry guns. In AZ it isn't odd to see a gun on hip. Just to be safe not touching guns is the rule. as with toy snakes - it took me a long time to allow a wooden snake in the house. blah blah blah... you are MUCH more on top of things this yr. than me. i'm HOPING to order some kid gifts online tonight. HOPING!

Posted by: mtnmama at December 10, 2005 09:48 PM

Sis, I hope you know that I absolutely think you are doing a wonderful job with your family. I hope you didn't read my reference to you above in ANY way as derogatory. *hug* It wasn't.

Posted by: TulipGirl at December 10, 2005 10:31 PM

Putting your list on your blog is definitely one way not to lose it! Sounds fun and exciting around your house right now! :)

Posted by: Anne at December 11, 2005 12:21 AM

didn't take your comment the wrong way. was just in a rambly mood. you know i respect your parenting too. you are raising your boys to be good lil soldiers. i'm just trying to raise lil buddas. *BG* love you.

Posted by: mtnmama at December 11, 2005 10:11 AM

After we'd read all Narnia & Lord of the Rings & several other series, my husband made wooden swords for our 3 (2 boys & a girl) & they made their own shields out of cardboard. I've bought a lot of dressing up clothes from Salvos & St Vincent de Paul op shops. Keeping them all in a wardrobe & large plastic container for (future) grandchildren.

Posted by: Marion at December 12, 2005 01:30 AM

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