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6/2/08 at 4:55pm
We're cutting back this year too. We have been progressively trying tothe last few years, but this year, i'm determined. I love the food baskets, and wish people did that for us. I'd much rather have something yummy and thoughtfully handmade than anything store-bought.
I would LOVE the chai recipe mentioned earlier!
Just made my first Christmas gift of the year. A purse for my mom!
Oh, I saw this elsewhere on MDC and thought maybe someone on this thread could use the info. Car Organizer Tutorial. I am thinking of making one for my dad. I like to make everyone at least one handmade gift each year but coming up with something for him that isn't food is a toughie.
Will try to add more to this thread later. Loving all the info you guys are sharing.
I love the holidays, too. Everyone thinks I'm crazy when I start saying "Its time to think about Christmas"...in May.
I am going to do homemade gifts - jam, candy or beeswax candles - for family and friends. (I will probably also get my nieces and nephew a nice holiday themed book.)
With the kids, we do the Twelve Days of Christmas, with 12 different activities each day. (Used to be activities and/or gifts.) Like, one day we'll drive around looking at lights drinking hot chocolate while listening to holiday music, another day we'll bake cookies, another build gingerbread houses, another make ornaments for the tree, etc. Basically turning all the traditions into an "event" in and of themselves - helps us not focus on just that ONE day.
As far as gifts go, we usually do three gifts for all the kids, but I'm hoping we can transition to one Christmas gift for each. (That might not happen until next year, though.)