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#31 of 42 Old 11-19-2006, 08:35 PM
 
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I was just about to make a poll about this in TAO/Polls. Come and vote .
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I asked my daughter (5 years old) what her is her favorite Christmas memory. She said the whipped-cream we had on our waffles Christmas morning. That's what kids remember. The $1.50 worth of whipped cream. Not the princess outfit Grandma sent or the overpriced wooden doll house I bought her, but the waffles.

This year, I am making the kids a Waldorf style doll and giving them a set of new jammies. Not much else. But! We are going to the parade and putting up lights and going to the firehouse to see the model trains and having hot cocoa and waffles and lots of whipped cream.
How do you go about making a Waldorf style doll? I'm interested because I don't think I could justify a buying a $100 doll to dh.

Ah! I found some links:

http://www.weirdollsandcrafts.com/wa...-doll-kit.html

http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/doll.html

http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/doll_pattern.html

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I am keeping it simple this year, Kai already has a ton of toys.

A big wooden airplane.
A book on going potty.
And, maybe some clothes.

My goal is to keep all of my spending bellow $250.

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The whipped cream reminds me --- every Christmas morning I put a bit of food coloring (green or red) in the milk we leave out for Santa. My kids LOVE it --- they are as excited about checking the milk as about the gifts. This year, I might add whipped cream to the excitement!

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How do you go about making a Waldorf style doll? I'm interested because I don't think I could justify a buying a $100 doll to dh.

Ah! I found some links:

http://www.weirdollsandcrafts.com/wa...-doll-kit.html

http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/doll.html

http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/doll_pattern.html

http://www.magiccabin.com/magiccabin/product.do?section_id=3&bc=1004&pgc=180&sv=333476& cmvalue=MCD|3|ARTS%20%20CRAFTS%20DEPARTMENTS|33347 6|333476-P2

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I ordered my kits from dancingraindolls.com. She emailed a detailed instruction book with loads of pictures and the kit is wonderful. This is my first time making a doll, but I am doing well so far. I have nice little heads and bodies. I am working on the face and hair tonight and tomorrow. And then I will make as many little outfits as I can between now and Christmas.

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Someone on another board I'm on shared a neat tradition she has with her family:
She wraps up 24 christmas books, and lets the kids open one each night (Advent-style) to read. She's built up the collection over the years, but another mom is going to do it with library books.

Oh, and we spend $150-$200 on a child we "adopt" for the holiday, getting toys, clothes, and necessities. We only spend about $50-$75 on our own kids, and that's still too much after all the gifts from relatives roll in! :
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$50 each. We don't have a big budget and I don't want to clutter the house with more stuff. Like PP said, we try to emphasize traditions over gifts. Their stockings have useful and fun things like chapstick, toothbrushes, some candy, and this year they are getting oil bath beads just because I found some on sale.

My kids have December and January bdays so I spend about $25 on each of them on those days.

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We are spending about $300. But that's only because we're buying her a Decathlon for Christmas. We're buying one for her now and then one later for Peanut, so they will have matching carseats

Besides the carseat, we're getting her some quality wooden blocks, and some winter clothes because we're moving to the Pacific NW right after Christmas (yay!!!!!).

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I'm really trying to spend less than I have in years past. I'm embarassed to say how much I've spent before. I've set a budget of $100/child and it's been challenging, but I'm making some things, it's my new tradition for the kids. I have tons of fabric and sew all the time, so I figured I'd make them something they'd each like that was mamamade.

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We are trying to keep it at about $50 each.

What age do they normally start asking for things? DS is 4 1/2 and so far the only thing he has ever begged for was a black Jeep Power Wheels that he saw at TRUS when we were looking for a trike for #2. All the catalogs we've gotten in the past few weeks sit by his bed and he looks at them every night. I don't know why he loves them so much and yet it never seems to have occurred to him to say "I want that!" I suppose once he starts asking I'll start tossing them, but for now it is funny just to listen to him laughing as he looks at them.
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We usually give my grandma $100 - $200 worth of stuff. (She doesn't give us anything but we love her anyway.)
Ha! That is so funny. I like your style.
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