Dec. 7th, 2013 07:18 pm
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Getting excited about putting together gifts for the holidays. I've learned I really like the traditions we've built since blending families, one of which is the cocoa mix blitz for teachers, bus drivers, and buddies.

I don't want to do a parade of tiny hats again -- and, really, how could I top that? -- but I've gotten some interesting ideas for ways to "dress up" the lids. The older girls are pretty much in charge of their own buddy gifts, so that cuts down the volume of cocoa jars and buddy gifts by about 30%, thank goodness.

The boys aren't terribly interested in doing buddy gifts this year. The younger girls want to make infinity scarves for a handful of friends each, which seems manageable, particularly since we're talking about fabric rather than yarn. For the cookie assortments we package up as family gifts (to other families), the kids wanted to switch up the plan. We'll be doing a different selection this year -- marshmallow fudge, no-flour peanut butter cookies with chocolate kisses on top, toffee, and cinnamon-roasted almonds. YUM.

I'm thinking I want to be packaging things with brown paper, maybe stamped with metallic ink snowflakes, trimmed with twine (jute), and some jingle bells. Hm. Not sure how it got to be December 7th all of a sudden, and of course I'll be doing this without much use of my right arm. So we'll see how that vision takes shape.

Date: 2013-12-08 03:57 am (UTC)
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Kinda missing our rituals this year, way more than last year. Don't miss the kids, particularly, but I do miss the doing stuff. :-)

Date: 2013-12-09 05:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You are the sort of creative person who makes me (almost) wish I were as creative. I'm glad that I can watch while you come up with neat ideas.

Date: 2013-12-09 02:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It tickles me to hear you say that, because I think my place on the bell curve of creativity is pretty low. Mostly, I'm trying to meet the challenge of some (not unpleasant) social pressures without breaking the bank. Hard to say how much of this is going to truly happen. :)


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