So, I decided that this year, Sundays in December would be dedicated to something other than the buy-buy-buy gift ideas. I might post opportunities to give or share or reflect or something along those lines. And I promise to give you extra links on Mondays!
Yesterday, I spent the bulk of my day decorating. I’m always a bit shocked at just how many hours it takes — I’m always super energetic when I start and then as the day wears on, I grow less enthusiastic with the whole process and less patient with things like strings of lights that light up only part way. Taft was my biggest helper. He cleaned out the library-book box, by the living room sofa and refilled it with our Christmas books — noting all the while that "it’s getting fuller Mom" "I think we’re gonna need a new box Mom" and then finally, "It all fits!!" He really hung in there and we stopped to enjoy as we finished or at least got very close on several projects. I unpacked two "traditions" that we do, that I really enjoy.
The first has something to do with Christmas books. I’m rather sure this one was a collaborative effort on the part of my sister and I — anyway, I’ve purchased great big "hat boxes" for my children and fill them each year with new PJs, a Christmas book and an ornament.
messy house–work in progress and bad light, but I wanted you to see the boxes.
On Christmas eve, they get to open their "hat box" I purchase the same book for each child and we then read it together (in the new PJs of course.) They can hang their ornament on the "memory" tree if they want to. When they leave home, they’ll take these boxes with them and have a great collection of ornaments and books for their families.
I started only about four or five years ago, so it’s never too late to snatch up a new idea. I found two big boxes the same size at JoAnn’s and two somewhat smaller — I now need one more! I actually really like to find the really big ones, and get three for a full set of five. If you see them somewhere, let me know!
The other we do (and we’ve done this one since Clark and Chase were very small) is purchase a glass jar of some kind and fill it with wrapped candy. It goes near the front door and as people come to visit …
they are asked to guess how much candy is in the jar — with, of course the chance of winning (the Julian prize patrol goes out day or two after Christmas to make the delivery.) We keep pencils and several pads of sticky notes in the top drawer and it’s fills up pretty well.
and, just for fun, I snapped a pic of our "BELIEVE" letters that I got last year at Restoration Hardware – After Geof put them up in the window above the front door, I realized that the word believe works quite well with the quote I added on the wall above, earlier this year!
I’m using my list and crossing things off as I go — as you unpack and set up and prepare some decoration or tradition or recipe, share it here. I’ll pick "two"for Day 2 and you guessed it, Happy Mail!
From yesterday’s post –Wow! What memories we have of toys/games/dolls etc.. from our childhood past. I LOVED reading all your responses and so many of them rang familiar and made me think "wait, maybe that was my favorite, but I’m sticking with my original notion — and several of you mentioned the oh so pretty and grown-up doll, named Chrissy. My Chrissy doll came complete with a green, plaid taffeta dress, which of course you could undo in the back to reveal the "butterfly" pull string (that caused Chrissy to twist at the waist from side to side) and the magic knob that allowed her hair to grow and grow.
Oh my goodness, as they oldest of five children, I can still remember holding back my siblings in the bedroom hallway, As we were just about to push through the swinging door and enter the living room, I wanted SO badly to see the Chrissy doll, but gave myself that little "don’t act disappointed if it’s not there" speech. Of course, she was there and … well, the rest is magic and a whole lot of memory. Lori, who posted at 7:57 a.m. was the first to comment about the Chrissy doll, so Lori — send me an email.