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Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Great post, Anna! And timely. Even though I knew it would be much easier to shop alone, I took the kids with me to shop for a family we sponsored for Christmas. One little Sisk was much more on board with the project than the other. (Care to guess which?) Also, glad to hear we’re not the only house that’s banished placemats b/c of smackdowns! We’ll laugh about all this one day, right? (Maybe even tonight?) Love the resources, too. Bravo!

Excellent post. I agree with the list of tips. We do most of them, but not the savings and chores one. We probably should start that soon.

My kids LOVE putting money in the little kid envelopes at church and writing their names on it. They are also very good at cooperating when we say it's time to go through their books or stuffed animals and give some away.

The story about your son at the mall was too adorable.

We play a little game this time of year since both kids & my husband have b-days this month. Pair that with Christmas & the teacher gifts I bring home & we are in gift overload. So, we conquer the rudeness with the PRESENT GAME.

We start on the couch. I give each kid a gift bag & tissue paper. One at a time, they go "shopping" in the house. They can shop for anything, anywhere. It can be something that belongs in the fridge, from their room or the receiver's room, the laundry room, anywhere. Then, we meet on the couch. We take turns who opens first. The receiver must thank the giver before opening then, open the "gift", act surprised, and compliment the gift & say what they will do with it. For example: If son gives daughter a dirty sock, when she opens the gift, she will thank son (once again) for the sock because now she will have a pair & won't have to throw the one sock away. Or she can say she has been looking for that sock & is so happy he found it (for the same reason). If daughter gives son a black licerice (which he hates) he will thank her for giving him an opportunity to try something new. Obviously, if it is something they like, thanking will be much easier.

We do 5 rounds a night until Christmas. It was such a delight to listen to my kids on Christmas when the extended family was here. Daughter was so dramatic. She would hold the present in her lap & say she just knew this one would be her favorite. Or say "How did you know this was what I always wanted?". Son was less dramatic, but would be sincere & always sealed the deal with a hug or a kiss on the cheek.

Then of course, I beamed with pride in the compliments, respect or comedy of their manors. It became a habit that they used at any gift giving moment.

A step farther: I was always taught a gift isn't yours until a thank you note has been written (mailed). And when you write the note, still refer to it as the giver's gift. Example: Your candle smells amazing (delicious, Wonderful,etc.) My house smells as if I've been cooking all day. It reminds me of when______would bake______.Thank you for reminding me of such fond memories.

Try the game. I am so thankful I did!

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