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  1. #1
    Karen
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    Someone mentioned not being able to afford Christmas for kids this

    year and I think now would be a good time to share things to MAKE for

    Christmas for little or no money. A friend of mine said her favorite

    Christmas was a doll and doll clothes she got one year for Christmas.

    She was at a family dinner and they were talking about their favorite

    Christmas and when my friend mentioned the doll her mother broke down

    crying. Her mother told her that that year they'd had no money for

    Christmas - so her father had made her a doll house and had made

    furniture out of whatever they could find. They had gotten a doll at

    Goodwill and her mom had sewn the clothes. Her mother said she had

    cried thinking what a terrible Christmas but it was my friends

    favorite one - maybe she could feel the love in the handmade items!



    Here are my ideas - and now is a good time to start making things.

    Also, be sure to start watching for things from freecycle and

    watching garage sales and thrift shops.



    1. Doll house - (the little white plastic things in Pizza boxes make

    good tables)

    2. Doll clothes - (could even be for a doll she already has)

    3. Bean bags - (for small child make one shaped like a frog - for

    older kids make squares and then take a piece of cardboard - cut

    holes in it and paint(or use crayons) around each hole in a different

    color)

    4. Take a piece of cardboard and draw roads, gas station, etc and

    get a car that fits the roads you draw or again - use a car he

    already has.

    5. School supplies will soon be really cheap at WalMart/Target and

    such places - grab a few extras and put away for Christmas.

    6. Get some recycling ideas and make a kit and give to older kids.

    You can make a bird house out of a milk carton or maybe you have some

    scrap wood and hubby can cut out a wood bird house - you can add some

    paint, screws, etc and make your own kit. KarenMO








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    Dee Bleau
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    These are great ideas. It will be tight this year for us also. I was getting ready to start thinking of who/what we can cut. I may have to also make homemade gifts. Theya re really nice. We do a family party every year. We draw names and put a $20.00 limit. my family had 4 ppl so $80.00 I am spending for gifts on top of grab bag gifts on top of everyone pitches in for food. I think this year we should all just bring gifts for our own kids. That would save so much. Also going to start thinking of maybe one big gift for both kids and a couple for each. I also have to cut back.

    Karen <karensbirds@yahoo.com> wrote: Someone mentioned not being able to afford Christmas for kids this
    year and I think now would be a good time to share things to MAKE for
    Christmas for little or no money. A friend of mine said her favorite
    Christmas was a doll and doll clothes she got one year for Christmas.
    She was at a family dinner and they were talking about their favorite
    Christmas and when my
    friend mentioned the doll her mother broke down
    crying. Her mother told her that that year they'd had no money for
    Christmas - so her father had made her a doll house and had made
    furniture out of whatever they could find. They had gotten a doll at
    Goodwill and her mom had sewn the clothes. Her mother said she had
    cried thinking what a terrible Christmas but it was my friends
    favorite one - maybe she could feel the love in the handmade items!

    Here are my ideas - and now is a good time to start making things.
    Also, be sure to start watching for things from freecycle and
    watching garage sales and thrift shops.

    1. Doll house - (the little white plastic things in Pizza boxes make
    good tables)
    2. Doll clothes - (could even be for a doll she already has)
    3. Bean bags - (for small child make one shaped like a frog - for
    older kids make squares and then take a piece of cardboard - cut
    holes in it and paint(or use
    crayons) around each hole in a different
    color)
    4. Take a piece of cardboard and draw roads, gas station, etc and
    get a car that fits the roads you draw or again - use a car he
    already has.
    5. School supplies will soon be really cheap at WalMart/Target and
    such places - grab a few extras and put away for Christmas.
    6. Get some recycling ideas and make a kit and give to older kids.
    You can make a bird house out of a milk carton or maybe you have some
    scrap wood and hubby can cut out a wood bird house - you can add some
    paint, screws, etc and make your own kit. KarenMO




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    J Diane Northcutt
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    Default Christmas without money



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    I understand how badly you feel.We were broke last year at Christmas. We gave our three kids that are still at home( ages 9, 12 & 13) a small inexpensive gift andnoone else got anything. My Mom and two adult children came for Christmas dinner. I hated not being able to give them a gift.
    I am going to make a suggestion. Don't let your kids think that Santa can't afford to visit them. They'll end up thinking Santa does not like them as well as the kids that he did give too. Go ahead and tell them the truth - there is no Santa. You have to tell them sooner or later that he is not real. Tell them sooner. Don't let them feel rejected and passed over by him. That is exactly how they will feel if they think that he gave to everyone else but them. My two oldest kids believed in Santa, but my three youngest never did. We decided that we were not going to the whole (made up ) Santa thing with them. They have loved and enjoyed christmas just as much as the Kids that did believe in Santa. We're a homeschool family that reads a lot of biographies. In the past families celebrated Christmas differently. Gifts were seconary. Each person might have gotten ONE small item. Often something they need (shirt , socks, etc) or possibly a treat such as candy. The big deal was a very special dinner. They focused on a big special dinner with all the trimmings. They sat around feasting . Laughter and games seem to have been the highlight.


    Diane













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    purplebunnyfoofoo
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    One year when I was little there was no money either......we popped

    popcorn and strung it on the trees outside to decorate and the birds

    ate it. All we needed was a needle and some thread.

    hung some of dads socks on a door, there were 4 of us girls......and we

    only got switches in them that year...I remember mom saying we were

    such bad little girls that Santa did not come.

    That is a memory all 4 of us remember, not a good one.

    So at least make some cookies, decorate them....

    Maybe a time to tell the kids the 'truth' about 'santa'.....and that

    the holiday is about family love not 'things'.

    Perhaps where you live plan a neighborhood snowball fight and hot cocoa

    afterwards.

    Plan a neighborhood caroling party.

    Make it a giving event instead of recieving, have them clean up older

    toys they don;'t play with and donate to local groups collecting items.

    Its about making memories as someone said earlier.








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    jbeli70618
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    Default Christmas without money

    Hi,



    I'm new to this board. But was reading about not being able to

    afford Christmas. If you're looking for some fun projects to make

    for Christmas. Check out the website familyfun.com. They have tons

    of projects for kids. Whether making gifts for others and making

    gifts for children. Check thrift stores or garage sales around your

    areas for supplies. You should be able to pick them up really

    cheap. Good luck! I think it will be the Christmas to remember with

    your children.



    Tammy



    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Karen" <karensbirds@...> wrote:

    >

    > Someone mentioned not being able to afford Christmas for kids this

    > year and I think now would be a good time to share things to MAKE

    for

    > Christmas for little or no money. A friend of mine said her

    favorite

    > Christmas was a doll and doll clothes she got one year for

    Christmas.

    > She was at a family dinner and they were talking about their

    favorite

    > Christmas and when my friend mentioned the doll her mother broke

    down

    > crying. Her mother told her that that year they'd had no money for

    > Christmas - so her father had made her a doll house and had made

    > furniture out of whatever they could find. They had gotten a doll

    at

    > Goodwill and her mom had sewn the clothes. Her mother said she had

    > cried thinking what a terrible Christmas but it was my friends

    > favorite one - maybe she could feel the love in the handmade items!

    >

    > Here are my ideas - and now is a good time to start making things.

    > Also, be sure to start watching for things from freecycle and

    > watching garage sales and thrift shops.

    >

    > 1. Doll house - (the little white plastic things in Pizza boxes

    make

    > good tables)

    > 2. Doll clothes - (could even be for a doll she already has)

    > 3. Bean bags - (for small child make one shaped like a frog - for

    > older kids make squares and then take a piece of cardboard - cut

    > holes in it and paint(or use crayons) around each hole in a

    different

    > color)

    > 4. Take a piece of cardboard and draw roads, gas station, etc and

    > get a car that fits the roads you draw or again - use a car he

    > already has.

    > 5. School supplies will soon be really cheap at WalMart/Target and

    > such places - grab a few extras and put away for Christmas.

    > 6. Get some recycling ideas and make a kit and give to older kids.

    > You can make a bird house out of a milk carton or maybe you have

    some

    > scrap wood and hubby can cut out a wood bird house - you can add

    some

    > paint, screws, etc and make your own kit. KarenMO

    >










  6. #6
    jbeli70618
    Guest

    Default Christmas without money

    Hi,



    I'm new to this board. But was reading about not being able to

    afford Christmas. If you're looking for some fun projects to make

    for Christmas. Check out the website familyfun.com. They have tons

    of projects for kids. Whether making gifts for others and making

    gifts for children. Check thrift stores or garage sales around your

    areas for supplies. You should be able to pick them up really

    cheap. Good luck! I think it will be the Christmas to remember with

    your children.



    Tammy



    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Karen" <karensbirds@...> wrote:

    >

    > Someone mentioned not being able to afford Christmas for kids this

    > year and I think now would be a good time to share things to MAKE

    for

    > Christmas for little or no money. A friend of mine said her

    favorite






  7. #7
    Shell
    Guest

    Default Christmas without money

    I usually start now to make things for my family- there are 5 younger

    sibs and their spouses that I make for. I knit so it makes it easier, I

    do socks for sibs and spouses, and sweaters or something for the kids.

    At first I felt bad making the gifts, each is pretty cheep - I get yarn

    on sale or even make it ( I spin) for the items. Yeah it takes time, but

    its worth it in the long run.

    Just my 2 cents.



    --

    Blessings!

    Shell





    Please Spay and Neuter your Pets and weird friends and relatives.








  8. #8
    NancyR
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    Default Christmas without money

    Our local churches have an "angel tree" for Christmas gifts for kids. Maybe

    you could sign up for this. I would suggest checking the gifts before you

    actually give them to your kids to make sure they are appropriate. The way

    this works here is that the parents list toys their kids would like and

    clothes they need along with size. They also indicate boy or girl. The

    givers then pick out one toy and one article of clothing to buy. Some also

    include candy or treats for the entire family.



    Nancy








 

 
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