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  1. I love these!
    My innovation this year is that, while I made my own Advent wreath as usual, I’m crafting my *own* Advent devotion for each evening, when the children take turns lighting the Advent candle/s.
    I didn’t want to use the same Advent family devotion book we’d used the past two years, and all the others I found were too mature, too involved, or too cutesy.

    So far, it’s a big hit and I’m having a great time!

    I’m going to go make a list of classic Christmas movies the kids can watch with us now. 🙂

  2. I love these!
    My innovation this year is that, while I made my own Advent wreath as usual, I’m crafting my *own* Advent devotion for each evening, when the children take turns lighting the Advent candle/s.
    I didn’t want to use the same Advent family devotion book we’d used the past two years, and all the others I found were too mature, too involved, or too cutesy.

    So far, it’s a big hit and I’m having a great time!

    I’m going to go make a list of classic Christmas movies the kids can watch with us now. 🙂

  3. Don’t forget St. Nicholas Day December 6! Tomorrow, Dec. 5, have them put out a shoe, the fill it will a little trinket, chocolate coins, or a chocolate Santa. My boys are teenagers, and they are very disappointed if I forget.
    My boys have always loved having me bake. If you don’t have time for cut-out cookies, make a log and slice, but don’t forget the red and green sugar. Anyone need recipes? I have a sugar cookie recipe from “The Mystery Chef’s Own Cook Book” 1938 that’s tastes the way Christmas cookies should taste. I’ll type it here if anybody wants.

    Get a gingerbread house kit. Since all the hard work is taken out, they are fun for the family to put together.
    Watch Elmo Saves Christmas.

    I’m afraid of real pine in the house, but get some pine garland for the railing or doorway outside and a real wreath for the door. Real is more exciting.

    If you can find tube socks, make a snowman —
    Stuff one with cotton about 3/4 of the way.
    Fold the opening down to make a “hat”
    Tie thick ribbon about 2/3 up from the bottom to make a scarf.
    Tie a little ribbon near the top of the hat as decoration.
    Draw a face on with markers.
    Super kid friendly, and really cute when you’re done.

    The kids will probably tell you what they want to do (like the gingerbread house), so do it — that’s what they really like.

  4. I give my grandsons a box on Christmas eve with new p j s and slippers, a Christmas dv, hot choc sachet and marshmallows and two small presents for them to give to their parents. All about family memories isn’t it ?

  5. Chrissie,My Grandmother used to buy our pj’s WAY too big for us, but they’d always fit the following Christmas. My sisters and I still love that we always had new pajamas to wear for Christmas Eve. It was a sad day when we discovered that we grew too much the one Summer for us to fit into them.

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