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What is it that makes you upset when you read some of the stuff so I can understand better?

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For you mama's that buy presents throughout the year where do you hide the stuff? i would like to keep it in a big box but can't think where to put it without the children trying to get into it!

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TulsiLeaf, Let me know how you get on with the closet!

What is it that makes you upset when you read some of the stuff so I can understand better?
I'll email you about it.

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For you mama's that buy presents throughout the year where do you hide the stuff? i would like to keep it in a big box but can't think where to put it without the children trying to get into it!
We hide our stash in a locker (closet) on the boat in a bin. Zach is now wise to where it is and what it's all about, but he knows not to go through it. He'll talk about it once in a while, and while it would take GREAT effort to unearth it, he could get to it if he was motivated enough. I tell him that going through it means no surprises, and that would stink, but it's his choice. He knows surprises are fun so he stays out (as far as I know )

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We hide our stash in a locker (closet) on the boat in a bin. Zach is now wise to where it is and what it's all about, but he knows not to go through it. He'll talk about it once in a while, and while it would take GREAT effort to unearth it, he could get to it if he was motivated enough. I tell him that going through it means no surprises, and that would stink, but it's his choice. He knows surprises are fun so he stays out (as far as I know )

Sometimes I use the trunk of my car or DH's car.
I've just thought there is a cupboard in her bedroom that she can't even reach ( I can't even reach it standing on a chair) so I think I will pop the bits all i the box and stash it up there! My 5 year old would probably have grat difficulty not having a rummage around if she thought she might find a present. How old is Zach?

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Something you want,
Something you need,
Something to wear,
And something to read


Usually their "want" is a toy, although not always, and the rest are very easy to make non-toy items.
I really like this.

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Right now I have a bunch of boxes in the closet. I really need to go through and consolidate. They know it's there, but I've also told them that if they peek, it will take all the surprise and magic out of Christmas. I don't think they've ever peeked.

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So how can we get families to listen without it coming across as ungrateful????
That is exactly what I am trying to figure out right now! I just got a box for my DD's birthday and opened up all the presents (because I'm learning that I need to do this to avoid the kids becoming cranky and overstimulated after last xmas when she sent waaaay too much stuff, my DS was just ripping open paper and throwing the presents aside without even looking at what was inside). Anyway, out of an entire box I am keeping 2 things, a pair of swim shorts for DS and 1 dress for DD. All of the other clothes for DS are the same size he has now and all summer stuff--summer is already over and she already bought him a summer wardrobe in June, no room for more! All the clothes for DD are too big and inappropriate for the season she will fit them (18m summer clothes which she'll fit in february in new england, not gonna work). And the toys were things like a toy laptop for 6m+ that teaches colors and shapes She just doesn't understand at all. I could even deal with it if it was just one or two things and could let some toys slide under my radar so to speak, but when it is so many toys at once it is easier to just get rid of it all before the kids see them.

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Something you need,
Something to wear,
And something to read


Usually their "want" is a toy, although not always, and the rest are very easy to make non-toy items.
That's what we did last Christmas ourselves. The hardest one for me to come up with is something they need, usually they have too much of everything!
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This year we are doing the "Something you want..." poem, but have changed the "something to wear" to "something to play or create with." That way we can do some art/craft supplies!

My littles are ages 2 and 4, and they LOVE to try to sweep the kitchen floor with my broom. For the "something you need" they are both getting kid-sized brooms.

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i think that art supplies fit into the need category, but this would be because i do not have a ton of art/craft supplies to begin with. LOL (and they are hella expensive in nz)
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I've just thought there is a cupboard in her bedroom that she can't even reach ( I can't even reach it standing on a chair) so I think I will pop the bits all i the box and stash it up there! My 5 year old would probably have grat difficulty not having a rummage around if she thought she might find a present. How old is Zach?
He is 6. I think out of sight out of mind works pretty well. That and the fact that he knows our "gift box" is not just stuff for him, but items we save for other friends for those "whoa is it so-and-so's birthday already?!" occasions.

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I've been thinking about this lately as we, too, are kind of at "toy nirvana".
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Just wanted to see how everyone is going now all the Christmas stuff is hitting the shelves! I bought a couple of beautiful hairbands to go into the girls stockings that I thought would be pretty and 'useful'! I got my older girl a red one so she can wear it to school b/c that is one of the school colours. I definately don't want to get too much b/c I have just bought them a folding playframe which I have wanted for them for a couple fo years and it just came into the Myriad catalogue at an affordable price. I am not saving it or christmas though, i want the to get loads of play out of it now i have finally found one! So I still want to be restrained as we approach Christmas and not feel guilty and feel forced to buy stuff when they don't actually 'need' it. I thought I might keep it updated here as a way to help myself not overspend! Anyone want to join in?
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I'm trying reeeaally hard to stick with the 4 gifts rule: something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read. Trouble is, his birthday is only a week later, so it's really easy to cheat.

Anyway, so far...

Something you want: A dress up chest for storage (they have some soft sided ones at Ikea that look like a treasure chest) with a few dress up things in there. (A super hero mask, pirate hat and a cloak---just a couple of things to supplement what he already plays with.)

Something you need: A chore chart. I've been looking for one for AGES and I finally found one that's cuter and less expensive and more flexible than any other I've seen in a shop on etsy. And it's great for pre-readers! I kind of want one for my chores too now.

Something to wear: trying to finish the dinosaur cardigan someone here linked. I can do it. Really! :P Oh, I saw on Ravelry.com that one person lined hers in flannel and it's SO cute! I'm going to do that too to help it keep its shape.

Something to read: I'm thinking the little house book about Almanzo---I can't remember which one that is. But he LOVED reading Little House in the Big Woods together, and was desperate for the scenes with horses, so this would be a hit at our house!

He's been begging Santa for a black knight and horse. Luckilly, Santa got a good deal and planned ahead. Santa may also be bringing silk covered soft swords, because to be completely honest, my knuckles can't take the wood one any more!!! Maybe that's my present.

There are a couple of other little random things that will split between birthday and Easter. They're so close that I tend to do Christmas, Santa, birthday and Easter all at once.

Even trying to keep it in check, I still think it's more than he needs just because we've already got so much!! I encouraged family to keep things light and they've been really good about it the last couple of years. So I'm not too worried. As long as everything has a PLACE, I think we're still ok. And most of his toys are in the living room, so there isn't unlimited space for them.
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That chore chart is so nice! I need one for myself. :P The Little House book you are thinking of is Farmer Boy, and it is my favorite. Although it makes you so hungry reading, because they are always eating donuts and cookies and pies (for breakfast!).

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That chore chart is so nice! I need one for myself. :P The Little House book you are thinking of is Farmer Boy, and it is my favorite. Although it makes you so hungry reading, because they are always eating donuts and cookies and pies (for breakfast!).
That is the only My First Little House book we don't have. I wanted it in paperback but can't seem to find it! So if anyone knows where I can get a copy I would be very grateful. My daughter really wants it!

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I'm trying reeeaally hard to stick with the 4 gifts rule: something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read. Trouble is, his birthday is only a week later, so it's really easy to cheat.

Anyway, so far...

Something you want: A dress up chest for storage (they have some soft sided ones at Ikea that look like a treasure chest) with a few dress up things in there. (A super hero mask, pirate hat and a cloak---just a couple of things to supplement what he already plays with.)

Something you need: A chore chart. I've been looking for one for AGES and I finally found one that's cuter and less expensive and more flexible than any other I've seen in a shop on etsy. And it's great for pre-readers! I kind of want one for my chores too now.

Something to wear: trying to finish the dinosaur cardigan someone here linked. I can do it. Really! :P Oh, I saw on Ravelry.com that one person lined hers in flannel and it's SO cute! I'm going to do that too to help it keep its shape.

Something to read: I'm thinking the little house book about Almanzo---I can't remember which one that is. But he LOVED reading Little House in the Big Woods together, and was desperate for the scenes with horses, so this would be a hit at our house!

He's been begging Santa for a black knight and horse. Luckilly, Santa got a good deal and planned ahead. Santa may also be bringing silk covered soft swords, because to be completely honest, my knuckles can't take the wood one any more!!! Maybe that's my present.

There are a couple of other little random things that will split between birthday and Easter. They're so close that I tend to do Christmas, Santa, birthday and Easter all at once.

Even trying to keep it in check, I still think it's more than he needs just because we've already got so much!! I encouraged family to keep things light and they've been really good about it the last couple of years. So I'm not too worried. As long as everything has a PLACE, I think we're still ok. And most of his toys are in the living room, so there isn't unlimited space for them.
We are in the same situation, all the toys are in the living room and it is just books in her bedroom and some dressing up dresses hanging up. We have baskets in the living room for the toys, so there also isn't unlimited space. So I really need to keep things in check this year!

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That is the only My First Little House book we don't have. I wanted it in paperback but can't seem to find it! So if anyone knows where I can get a copy I would be very grateful. My daughter really wants it!
I was thinking of the full length books. But the picture books are beautiful! I originally was hesitant because I love the detail of the originals...but these are great! My son loved the couple we read from the library! They're on his holiday wish-list that we share with family. Amazon.com has the whole My First series in paperback and it looks like there's multiple ones with Almonzo! I thought it was just the one we read (Winter on the Farm).

Looks like Amazon UK has most of them in paperback, but not all. I did see the Farmer Boy birthday on the UK site but it was hardcover...about 10 pounds (my keyboard doesn't have the symbol!).

So I think the most interesting challenge in the next few years...my dad. He likes that I'm raising DS with classic toys and lots of literature and music. He'll never admit it out loud without spoiling his grumpy old man image, but he seems to get a kick out of it. The last visit, he found out that I've started reading chapter books with DS at night sometimes and he spouted off a HUGE list of titles we had to read some day...so he'll have fun keeping DS in books through the years. My mom has the most difficult part of the challenge--keeping his good ideas age appropriate! Last year (when DS was about 32 months old) we went to a Renaissance Festival and grumpy old Grandpa beeeeeeggggeed Grandma to let him buy my TWO YEAR OLD a real bow and arrow set after watching him try it out with a very patient vendor. At least he waited until we'd left! Luckily, my mom talked him into waiting a few years. :P Not that DS wouldn't have LOOOOVED playing Robin Hood. But it was a proper set for targets...pointy tips and all. In a few years, for target practice in Grandpa's back yard...fine. It's funny...he doesn't really like kids. But every now and then, he gets excited about something and goes overboard! He's always done that...just all of a sudden would get a fab idea and run with it (ok, reading that, maybe it's genetic...says the girl of many fabulous plans!). So, totally OT, but the holiday shopping reminded me of my close-call last year!
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I was thinking of the full length books. But the picture books are beautiful! I originally was hesitant because I love the detail of the originals...but these are great! My son loved the couple we read from the library! They're on his holiday wish-list that we share with family. Amazon.com has the whole My First series in paperback and it looks like there's multiple ones with Almonzo! I thought it was just the one we read (Winter on the Farm).

Looks like Amazon UK has most of them in paperback, but not all. I did see the Farmer Boy birthday on the UK site but it was hardcover...about 10 pounds (my keyboard doesn't have the symbol!).

So I think the most interesting challenge in the next few years...my dad. He likes that I'm raising DS with classic toys and lots of literature and music. He'll never admit it out loud without spoiling his grumpy old man image, but he seems to get a kick out of it. The last visit, he found out that I've started reading chapter books with DS at night sometimes and he spouted off a HUGE list of titles we had to read some day...so he'll have fun keeping DS in books through the years. My mom has the most difficult part of the challenge--keeping his good ideas age appropriate! Last year (when DS was about 32 months old) we went to a Renaissance Festival and grumpy old Grandpa beeeeeeggggeed Grandma to let him buy my TWO YEAR OLD a real bow and arrow set after watching him try it out with a very patient vendor. At least he waited until we'd left! Luckily, my mom talked him into waiting a few years. :P Not that DS wouldn't have LOOOOVED playing Robin Hood. But it was a proper set for targets...pointy tips and all. In a few years, for target practice in Grandpa's back yard...fine. It's funny...he doesn't really like kids. But every now and then, he gets excited about something and goes overboard! He's always done that...just all of a sudden would get a fab idea and run with it (ok, reading that, maybe it's genetic...says the girl of many fabulous plans!). So, totally OT, but the holiday shopping reminded me of my close-call last year!
Thanks so much for the link ♥ I am going to check out how much that paperback is on a currency converter and think about getting it. I have been after it for almost three years now. My five and a half year old is quite sensitive so I think we will be hanging back on the originals until her eighth birthday. I have a beautiful box set of the first five. Here is an example of the publication I chose http://http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Little-...item3cb1864dba
The original illustrations have been inked it which I know my daughter will love.
Thanks to your link, I have realised that I can get the four remaining ones, but i think i will have to order three of them from the USA. Thank you! I have the box set hidden away until her 8th Birthday! I am going to read all of them out loud to her and I can't wait!

Your dad sounds so sweet! It's lovely that he takes such an interest. My mother and father have just been visiting and they think the play area I have set up for the children is beautiful! My dad told me that he thinks I am 'quite a card' for my love of natural toys and parenting! I had to laugh. I think it quite tickles them too about the simplicity of the children's play area.

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Thanks so much for the link ♥ I am going to check out how much that paperback is on a currency converter and think about getting it. I have been after it for almost three years now. My five and a half year old is quite sensitive so I think we will be hanging back on the originals until her eighth birthday. I have a beautiful box set of the first five. Here is an example of the publication I chose http://http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Little-...item3cb1864dba
The original illustrations have been inked it which I know my daughter will love.
Thanks to your link, I have realised that I can get the four remaining ones, but i think i will have to order three of them from the USA. Thank you! I have the box set hidden away until her 8th Birthday! I am going to read all of them out loud to her and I can't wait!

Your dad sounds so sweet! It's lovely that he takes such an interest. My mother and father have just been visiting and they think the play area I have set up for the children is beautiful! My dad told me that he thinks I am 'quite a card' for my love of natural toys and parenting! I had to laugh. I think it quite tickles them too about the simplicity of the children's play area.
I grew up with the full set (Dad the completionist--must have them all!)...the ones where she's older are very interesting! The fun thing is that I live right smack in the middle of every location in the book! All of the Little House historic sites are within a few hours of here, so she's telling my great grandparents' stories! My mom even has a photo of her grandmother at 3 yrs old in front of an old sod house with all of their belongings on the grass in front of the house!

You might want to hold the last book until she's older if she's pretty sensitive...it was published without as much editing after Laura died and is about a very difficult period in her life. It's reality of life as homesteaders on the prairie, but hard to hear about illness and death.

One day, before he's too "cool", I'm packing up DS and we're going to road-trip the Little House sites. It covers about 3 states and I drive past signs all the time and have never gone!!! I was even in Walnut Grove visiting friends a few years ago!
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You've gotten some great ideas! I just wanted to mention what we have started looking into, because ds doesn't play with his toys all that often. We are considering things like an aquarium, hamsters (ds really wants one, I don't love it), and camping gear.

I also believe a person cannot have too many books, cd's, musical instruments, or hula hoops.
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Just wanted to see how everyone is going now we're just about to start December! I thought I would share me list of what the girls are receiving for Christmas:

 

I got both the girls a german Pink Stripy Toddler dolll especially for bed.They're a nice size, completely natural and organic, and stuffed with wool so very warming! We're sticking to very simple this year, so they're having one pressie each from us and then Father Christmas stuff of course. For k's stocking she's got some nice things...a wooden star which you wind wool through to make friendship bracelets...a german fairies colouring book...two pretty hair bands...My First Little House Paper dolls book...a sharpner for her stockmar crayons...two little tubs of play doh...tiny father chirstmas chocolates, angel chocolate chocolate gold coins, toothbursh, and some little sweeties

Little L has got in her stocking In The Land of Fairies by Daniela Drescher, pale pink hair clip bows, Ostheimer forget me not child , jingly bells for tying round her arm or leg for dance or play, mini habba dwarf game, toothbursh, two little tubs of play-doh, tiny father chirstmas chocolates, angel chocolate, chocolate gold coins and sweeties.

We're trying to keep things super simple this year! 
 
Family have been very kind: a co-operative board game, some clothes for K and a Cath Kidson bedding set of Little L for her cot bed, also two mini haba games in a tin for the girls to take camping next year...and thats it!!!!!
 
I'm quite proud of managing...I just need to get through the rest of december and not get tempted!

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You've gotten some great ideas! I just wanted to mention what we have started looking into, because ds doesn't play with his toys all that often. We are considering things like an aquarium, hamsters (ds really wants one, I don't love it), and camping gear.

I also believe a person cannot have too many books, cd's, musical instruments, or hula hoops.


The girls don't have a hula hoop, I think I might keep that in mind for K's birthday next year!
 


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 The fun thing is that I live right smack in the middle of every location in the book! All of the Little House historic sites are within a few hours of here, so she's telling my great grandparents' stories! My mom even has a photo of her grandmother at 3 yrs old in front of an old sod house with all of their belongings on the grass in front of the house!

You might want to hold the last book until she's older if she's pretty sensitive...it was published without as much editing after Laura died and is about a very difficult period in her life. It's reality of life as homesteaders on the prairie, but hard to hear about illness and death.

One day, before he's too "cool", I'm packing up DS and we're going to road-trip the Little House sites. It covers about 3 states and I drive past signs all the time and have never gone!!! I was even in Walnut Grove visiting friends a few years ago!


I am so so so jealous of where you live!!! You are so very lucky!

 

Thank you for the tip about the book by the way, i will keep that in mind!
 


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Just catching up on this thread...I love this idea!  My DS is only 2.5 so we are still very much building our Christmas traditions...lots of inspiration in this thread!

 

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last year, our christmas at home was what i had wanted for years or maybe i should say it was years in the making.

through the years, our holiday festivities prior to christmas bring much more meaning to celebrating the season. we countdown to christmas day with an advent calender for family activities where the fairies bring us supplies each day. there are supplies for baking, making soup, crafts, muffin making, making popcorn and cranberry garland and making cinnamon ornaments, etc. there are also gifts of money to be donated, money for a special museum trip and popcorn kernels to pop for a special christmas movie. if it is going to be a day that brings the snow, the fairies will put out a chocolate bar for making our hot chocolate or a basket of our snow man clothes for us to build a snowman.
 

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I have been thinking about this one some more...here are some additional ideas, sorry if they are repeats...pregnancy brain, I can't even remember what I read yesterday!

 

Wooden childs table and chairs (big enough to grow into, I can still easily sit at our set, I think the table is about 23in high)

Child-sized porcelain, wooden, or even metal dishes and cups, child sized silverware (not the baby versions, I think there are several companies that make dishes and silverware for toddlers-young children, these could be used for many years)

Small dresser or bookshelf for their favorite things in their bedroom or play area

Small frames with artwork or family photo (can be hung in their play space at child's eye level)

Calendar with beautiful art or photos

New pajamas (our family tradition is to get a new set on Christmas Eve so we have something to open and something new and special to wear to bed)

We always get new wooly socks in our stockings :)

New bedding...on one of my favorite Christmases, my sister, brother, and I woke to new fluffy down duvets on our beds left by Santa

 

Ok, that's all for now!  Love to hear more ideas if anyone else has them :)


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Gnome Children's Flatware...

http://www.auravita.com/product/Childs-4-Pieces-Cutlery-Set-Elves.WMFA10337.html

 

I just found this set made by WMF, a German company...I have two sets (baby and child) from when I was young from this company and they are still in great shape--we are using them w/ my DS.  They have many different patterns, but I thought this one might be especially fun for Waldorf families :)


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Yes, struggling with what to do about Christmas presents too… though I think we’re managing to go very simple this year.

I also like the want, need, wear, read idea. But four presents is a bit too much for me - our children will be getting two presents each from us: something useful and something playful. I think we’ll do that for each other too. Father Christmas will bring something to read, something to craft and a few sweet treats.  

DS1  (5 year old): a backpack for school and a game.

From Father Christmas: a book I came across at a local fair about the adventures of some Australian animals, perhaps some new crayons or wax, and a few treats (Chocolate Santa, sweets).

DS2 (15 month old): rain suit and a couple of knitted animals.

From Father Christmas he might get a tub of play dough, a few treats, and a book too, though I haven’t been looking yet.

I’ll probably get to Christmas and panic that I’m being too stingy – I don’t think I am, but expectations these days seem to go through the roof!

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Hmm.

 

What about the books do you think are to much for your daughter?

 

Madeleine is the same age and we have been reading LHOTP for at least a year.  She adores them and I have read to her the proper versions.  I think in all the books, I have had to explain 2 things to her because they worried her.  One was when Pa spanked Laura for slapping Mary in the first book, and the other was when Jack nearly drown in the river. We haven't gotten through all of them yet, as the later ones in the series are to old for her right now, but all the way up to the 4th or 5th book I found to be okay for her.  

 

 

I absolutely love those books, I can't explain to anyone the feeling I get when I read them.  They just put something into my heart that I can't get anywhere else because it reminds me of the most special time in my life as a little girl going to school learning.


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