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  1. I picture them building the Knex amusement park ride. Or a Snap Circuit set.
  2. We had a neighborhood party this fall, which we hadn't done for a number of years. We had about 25 show, and they were happy that we set it up. I've gotten back in the habit of reading personal growth books for me and for work. Trying to become the motivator at work. Big job even for a small business.
  3. I always gave the kids' lists to the family to shop for and picked out something they hadn't thought of - ice skates or rollerblades or whatever. Santa never brought my kids the things on their lists. An alternative...
  4. There are several Advent books with a daily story. The first one is Jotham's Journey. All three by that author are set in Jesus' birth time and place. My three kids loved them.
  5. One of my boys favorite stocking stuffers!!
  6. A cold broccoli salad (with raisins, sunflower seeds...) is good. I've brought all the canned items for green bean casserole several times. There's always time to put it in the oven while the turkey's cut, gravy's made, etc. Or bring a crockpot. We do arrive a few hours ahead of dinner.
  7. My gs is 2. I've been looking in the stores for toys, and haven't liked anything I've seen there. I was in an antique shop and fell in love with an old Fisher Price camper. Went to Ebay and found a complete camper set that I HAD to have. lol. Showed dil and she said he's going to love it! Having the kids with one really makes Christmas...
  8. Hope you can plan something unique for this year, so it will stand out special in your memories.
  9. My three will sometimes buy for each other, or sometimes just one will. It varies. I don't worry about it. Youngest, dd, likes to make something for everyone most years. It's totally up to them.
  10. That's why my sister started making a couple pans of lasagna and bringing it to my mom's house. Mom could still pick/make sides, but it wasn't a strain on her that day. More time for all of us to visit and play cards. 🙂
  11. Now that my kids are all adults, I want to cut back big time on gifts. Would love to do just one or two each besides the stockings, which they really look forward to. They're really hard to buy for now anyway!And with just a 2 yr old gs, not looking to buy him stuff for their house either. We'll have to switch to more game playing, I guess, like we do at my big family's gathering. And now I'll probably have to fix a big dinner, too, tho maybe I can get away with appetizers again like last year, when the kids didn't come til 4 or so, after gs had his nap. Also, I'll be making the big dinner for 20 the weekend after Christmas. Once for the week should do, I think! 😉 How about you? Things changing at your house, too?
  12. Turkey breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, jellied cranberry sauce, homemade rolls, green bean casserole and scalloped corn/broccoli casserole. The broccoli is the new bit, so not sure who will join me on that. The preschool was selling pies, so I have a strawberry rhubarb pie and a blueberry pie to pick up Saturday. Better have my mom be the hero and have a banana cream pie ready for them to stop by and enjoy. lol I'll make leftovers for my mom and dad, as they don't want to come over or care if I bring dinner there on Tday. Not sure if ds and family will be coming or not, or if other ds plans to stay home or go to my sister's house that day. We're not big plan ahead people either. Christmas is moving to my house from my folks this year. My sister's been making lasagna for 20 the last couple years. My kids are all asking if we can go back to having a real Christmas dinner this year. 😨 I was getting used to easy.! lol
  13. These melt in your mouth muffins are very cake-like. You can use any fruit. Sorry I couldn't post it from my phone the other day.
  14. I'm so sorry. Praying for Lillian and family, and for you. Lifelong friends are hard to come by. Hugs.
  15. My son asked for some specifically when he got married. That and wooden spoons. 🙂
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