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Baby's First Christmas!

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Anyone started shopping for Christmas? We do mostly hand made gifts so I've bought the few things we will not make already and all the craft supplies! My nights are full now!

What are you getting for your babes?

Ruby is getting a mama made sweater, blanket and lovey. And her stocking will have some bibs in it. Lol
post #2 of 19
Lorelei is getting a Sophie teether and mama made cardigan with yarn leftover from my own cardi (if I can get to it!).

We arent doing many gifts this year since we are tight financially but we are planning on putting our house on the market in the spring and hoping to sell so we will no longer be house poor. Fingers crossed!
post #3 of 19

so far Elliott is getting Tegu blocks. Beyond that, I have no idea. 

post #4 of 19
We are still getting through the kids birthdays here, last one on the 25th and then I can start on Christmas. I'm so glad to not have another fall birthday. It's a little constant from the beginning of October until Christmas, my kids think leaves changing=packages in the mail for three months.

That being said, I'm getting this baby something to chew on. And maybe another sweater since he has grown out of so much of his winter clothes already. I might not be able to wait until Christmas though.
post #5 of 19

to be perfectly honest, my in laws are coming for Christmas, and I figured they'll be getting Elliott enough. 

post #6 of 19
We don't do much for holidays, but I think I will get Julia a little something anyway. Maybe Grimm's Rainbow Blocks? I also made her a Waldorf star doll I may officially present to her then.
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by rainbownurse View Post

to be perfectly honest, my in laws are coming for Christmas, and I figured they'll be getting Elliott enough. 
My inlaws are completely insane. Dh's mom is a shop-per and Christmas is her favorite. We've spent years trying to come up with ways to reel her in- we live in a tiny tiny house and my kids have five sets of grandparents with all remarrying everyone has done, not to mention the three sets of great grandparents. It's totally insane. I just recently started to feel resentful because anything I want to buy or make for my kid gets lost in the piles of stuff they get every year. I'm talking not one but. three different remote control cars at one Christmas kind of insane. We used to not even open the boxes when they were younger and regift a lot of it but mil has caught on and now she opens everything as soon as the kids unwrap it. Sigh. Certainly not ungrateful, I'm just completely unable to deal with all the stuff. So much stuff.

Yeah. I just turned that into a rant and I'm very sorry.
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Originally Posted by cynthiamoon View Post

We don't do much for holidays, but I think I will get Julia a little something anyway. Maybe Grimm's Rainbow Blocks? I also made her a Waldorf star doll I may officially present to her then.

I made a little pocket gnome for a friends babe over the weekend, I can make one for my baby! I forget sometimes that I can do things. Get so busy doing other things.
Not doing much for the holidays sounds like pure heaven to me.
Maybe it's the not doing period that sounds so good.

All ranting aside I really love the making of things, especially in winter. I have yarns and patterns all ready to go for gifts for family. (Just need some free-hands time) We are blessed with an abundance of really loving family. I know I'm lucky to be able to complain about it at all.
post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 
I understand wren moon. We have had similar issues. We like to keep things simple and have had a hard time reigning in the grandparents.

I love making gifts for people (especially my kids) though. I've been loving my evenings knitting in front of the space heater (which will be replaced by a pellet stove on Saturday!!!)
post #9 of 19

I adored making that doll, and am a little sad I don't do much crafting these days. I used to love passing weekends crafting as a kid. I googled pocket gnomes and they are so cute! I might look up a tutorial for those too. 

post #10 of 19
Thoughts on reigning in the grandparents: Anyone tried to convince grandparents to give experience type gifts? I have heard that the trick to this is having it be an experience the kids could do WITH the grandparent like painting pottery, zoo, train ride etc. We want to put our dd1 back into her Waldorf school but asking grandparents to contribute to tuition as a gift to HER hasnt worked (I guess because buying cheap plastic toys is more fun?) so my dh and I asked that whatever funds were allocated for gifts for us be put towards her tuition and that seems to have worked, but I guess we wont know until Christmas.

DH and I are also foregoing gifts (I am making him some fingerless gloves from my stash though). There are some things we could use, but not buying things makes me more creative with the stuff I do have.
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by talldarkeyes View Post

Thoughts on reigning in the grandparents: Anyone tried to convince grandparents to give experience type gifts? I have heard that the trick to this is having it be an experience the kids could do WITH the grandparent like painting pottery, zoo, train ride etc. We want to put our dd1 back into her Waldorf school but asking grandparents to contribute to tuition as a gift to HER hasnt worked (I guess because buying cheap plastic toys is more fun?) so my dh and I asked that whatever funds were allocated for gifts for us be put towards her tuition and that seems to have worked, but I guess we wont know until Christmas.

DH and I are also foregoing gifts (I am making him some fingerless gloves from my stash though). There are some things we could use, but not buying things makes me more creative with the stuff I do have.

My mom just took dd to the aquarium yesterday for her birthday... She understands because she sees us trying to find a place for all the stuff we get. My stepmom is buying them new stockmar crayons for homeschool, I'm making crayon cases for them.

It's my mother in law. She likes to buy stuff big time. We've asked that everyone contribute to a big present in the past but now we have a play kitchen, bikes, scooters, a wagon, etc. and we just don't have room for anything else. I seriously can't believe what my kids have at 6 and 8 years old. Her generosity can't be stopped. She wants to get them iPods next. I don't even have an iPod!!!
Ds really wants to learn to sew. Maybe he'll get a sewing machine for Christmas. I didn't get one until I was 26 but whatever. Life is short I guess.
I asked her to get the kids blueberry and raspberry bushes one year and then plant them with her but she was totally not impressed with that idea.

I wonder if my future daughter/son in law will be wondering why I don't just go to the toystore and pick up some plastic trucks instead of all that silly homemade Waldorf knitted ducks I'm going to make for my grand kids.

Kinda off topic more but my favorite year was when my stepmom made a Waldorf heavy doll and my mom made a wooden crib (her first building project) and I made a wee quilt. It was all set up for dd in the morning and all the moms cried. The look on her face was so sweet. Magic.
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by wrenmoon View Post


Kinda off topic more but my favorite year was when my stepmom made a Waldorf heavy doll and my mom made a wooden crib (her first building project) and I made a wee quilt. It was all set up for dd in the morning and all the moms cried. The look on her face was so sweet. Magic.

 

That sounds so amazing! I loved playing with the heavy dolls my friend brought to our little sewing day. I can't wait till DD is strong enough for one.

post #13 of 19
Te Waldorf dolls are beautiful! Im envious of your creativity and follow through. Right now, all my spare time is spent doing thank you notes. Iris is getting her daddy his favorite book from when he was a kid--and pictures for her grandparents and great grands. I'm not what Iris getting from me, but I hope my mom will help make her a blanket with minkie -- I bought fabric but don't know how to use the sewing mashine my mom gave me! And maybe her own Christmas stocking. I really need to make a list of some things that she could use--otherwise we'll just have tons of stuff... We have very generous family (who love giving gifts), but my Inlaws seem to be list driven (like i couldn't think of many things I wanted or needed so I asked for a bird feeder last Christmas and got 4), so if we can direct it a bit it will help a lot. My parents and brothers are ok with simplifying. I think. She's the first grandchild/niece, so they may feel differently.
post #14 of 19
And wren moon, ouch. Especially when it overshadows anything you can do--would be so nice if, say, she'd get them a thing or two--then lessons or activities. My parents started vetoing te large extended family Christmas when I was in late elementary. The Santa gift one year included scavenger hunt clues under the Christmas tree that turned out to be new hockey sticks for the whole family (delivered to a neighbors house)--we spent Christmas afternoon on the pond.
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Ruheling, did you grow up in Canada?  I love that Christmas story!  but it made me laugh out loud because it seemed so very Canadian.  or maybe Michigan-ian.  the two best Christmases I remember from childhood were the year we got a Super Nintendo (SO.  EXCITED.) and the year we got a go-cart.  we wore both of those presents out completely over the next decade or so.  recalling that, I'm kind of bummed that I no longer have a go-cart or a SNES.  not that I could do much with them right now anyway, but still. 

post #16 of 19
Minnesota--so close enough to canada!
post #17 of 19
So...how did your babies do? Mine loved the wrapping paper and ribbon most of all!
post #18 of 19
We had a great visit to my family, but we came back on the 24th. I love seeing all the kids in fancy pajamas at the airport! However, we did not celebrate christmas ourselves.
post #19 of 19
We did however host a family New Years Day party that was loads of fun!
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