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  1. #1
    justascrapin
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    Default Best Christmas Ever

    Ladies,



    I have been reading over the posts being written about not having a

    Christmas this year. Those that have written in about their fondest

    Christmas didn't write about getting something expensive or an

    elaborate decorated tree. They wrote about spending time with loved

    ones. Cherishing something handmade. Making candy in the kitchen with

    mom.



    I want to share some of my fondest memories growing up. There were 5 of

    us. I have two older brothers. My mom was a stay at home mom. Looking

    back, the way we made it was mom/dad giving up and being thrifty, but

    we never knew that is what they were doing. I remember a Christmas we

    wanted a real tree. We didn't have money to buy one. Dad went up on the

    hill and cut down two small trees, (didn't know it until after) Somehow

    he tied them together and in my eyes, that was the most beautiful tree

    we ever had. We didn't have fancy decorations... but to me they were.

    Every year mom would do a lot of baking, making fudge etc. I LOVED this

    time of year. I remember seeing mom standing in front of the stove,

    stirring in a pot of yummy chocolate fudge. She always put her fudge in

    a decorated tin/ put it in the fridge. Oh how I loved opening that tin

    when mom wasn't looking! My mom is no longer with me, but when I see

    that beat up metal tin, it brings back so many memories for me. (((

    hmmm, I don't remember what was purchased for me that year or most any

    other year))) I remember making decorations with mom at the kitchen

    table out of felt. Mom made patterns from cookie cutters. We would

    trace them onto felt, glue on sequins and glue a magnet to the back. I

    LOVED doing this with mom. We would put them on the fridge, give them

    to my aunts/grandparents as gifts from "us" (my brothers / I). I didn't

    know the reason we were doing it was lack of money. To me, this was far

    better than buying gifts. Mom did a lot of baking, as I said. Not one

    person, was ever disappointed when they recieved a tin of cookies,

    fudge or a poundcake from us! Hey at least they didn't have something

    to return or to stick in a closet somewhere because it wasn't something

    they could use! Every year, we would go around looking at Christmas

    lights. All 5 of us in the car. We would take a blanket to cuddle with.

    I loved this tradition!! These are just a few of the memories I have of

    the best Christmas' ever! What kind of parents are WE to not give OUR

    children some of these kinds of memories???



    We as parents we know there are going to be hard times like these for

    our children when they grow up. Don't we owe it to them to teach them

    how to make it during hard times? It is just like being taught how to

    fish, it is a skill that can keep your family alive if needed.



    WE are missing the point to these stories....it isnt the "things" that

    make having a great holiday. It is being together. Whether it is

    fishing, working a puzzle, looking at Christmas lights... it is being

    together that meant so much to US growing up. Giving that to our

    children is the best gift we can give them. Oh they might not

    appreciate it now, but when they are our age and times are tough, they

    will think back to the Christmas that spending time together was truly

    the best Christmas ever!



    I personally think this is the best year ever to go back to the real

    meaning of Christmas, love! Writing letters to the people we love,

    letting them know how much they mean to us. Sharing our fondest

    memories with them, include pictures if you can. If funds allow, make

    some old fashioned banana bread. (The mini loaf pans are very cheap.

    Get the bananas marked down to almost nothing at the grocery store.

    (bruised soft bananas work best.) Wrap in plastic wrap and tie with a

    bow. (probably have ribbon or yarn on hand) Or put in a brown lunch sak

    and let the kids decorate the bag!



    I love the idea of having an Old Fashioned Christmas!! I really think

    it would be a lot of FUN! I love the ideas of buying gifts from

    Goodwill too. We got my son a solid wood headboard/footboard for $15

    this summer from Goodwill. I think I will talk to my brothers, family,

    and friends about doing a Old Fashioned Christmas are to be either

    handmade or bought from places like yard sales or Goodwill. Nothing

    from retail stores! To me, this isn't depriving ourselves it is fun!!



    Maybe we could start a list of Old Fashioned Christmas Ideas. Keep

    updating it so we have lots of ideas by Christmas! What do you think? I

    would be happy to have them emailed to me, and I will compile them

    together and post them to the group.



    Yes, corperations make it hard for us as parents to not buy the

    expensive gifts. However we can't really put all of the blame on them,

    after all, it is us the parents that go out and make those expensive

    purchases thinking they will bring happiness to our loved ones.



    Let's change the way we are thinking about No Christmas to the Best

    Christmas Ever!



    Dawn








  2. #2
    mimom1989
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    Default Best Christmas Ever

    I LOVE this idea!! Count me in on the idea about starting the Old

    Fashioned Christmas ideas!

    Dawn I hope you don't mind but I passed on your post to my family.

    It's got all the necessary credit going to you! LOL

    StephanieB



    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "justascrapin" <justascrapin@...>

    wrote:

    >

    > Ladies,

    >

    > I have been reading over the posts being written about not having a

    > Christmas this year. Those that have written in about their fondest

    > Christmas didn't write about getting something expensive or an

    > elaborate decorated tree. They wrote about spending time with loved

    > ones. Cherishing something handmade. Making candy in the kitchen

    with

    > mom.

    >

    > I want to share some of my fondest memories growing up. There were

    5 of

    > us. I have two older brothers. My mom was a stay at home mom.

    Looking

    > back, the way we made it was mom/dad giving up and being thrifty,

    but

    > we never knew that is what they were doing. I remember a Christmas

    we

    > wanted a real tree. We didn't have money to buy one. Dad went up on

    the

    > hill and cut down two small trees, (didn't know it until after)

    Somehow

    > he tied them together and in my eyes, that was the most beautiful

    tree

    > we ever had. We didn't have fancy decorations... but to me they

    were.

    > Every year mom would do a lot of baking, making fudge etc. I LOVED

    this

    > time of year. I remember seeing mom standing in front of the stove,

    > stirring in a pot of yummy chocolate fudge. She always put her

    fudge in

    > a decorated tin/ put it in the fridge. Oh how I loved opening that

    tin

    > when mom wasn't looking! My mom is no longer with me, but when I

    see

    > that beat up metal tin, it brings back so many memories for me. (((

    > hmmm, I don't remember what was purchased for me that year or most

    any

    > other year))) I remember making decorations with mom at the kitchen

    > table out of felt. Mom made patterns from cookie cutters. We would

    > trace them onto felt, glue on sequins and glue a magnet to the

    back. I

    > LOVED doing this with mom. We would put them on the fridge, give

    them

    > to my aunts/grandparents as gifts from "us" (my brothers / I). I

    didn't

    > know the reason we were doing it was lack of money. To me, this was

    far

    > better than buying gifts. Mom did a lot of baking, as I said. Not

    one

    > person, was ever disappointed when they recieved a tin of cookies,

    > fudge or a poundcake from us! Hey at least they didn't have

    something

    > to return or to stick in a closet somewhere because it wasn't

    something

    > they could use! Every year, we would go around looking at Christmas

    > lights. All 5 of us in the car. We would take a blanket to cuddle

    with.

    > I loved this tradition!! These are just a few of the memories I

    have of

    > the best Christmas' ever! What kind of parents are WE to not give

    OUR

    > children some of these kinds of memories???

    >

    > We as parents we know there are going to be hard times like these

    for

    > our children when they grow up. Don't we owe it to them to teach

    them

    > how to make it during hard times? It is just like being taught how

    to

    > fish, it is a skill that can keep your family alive if needed.

    >

    > WE are missing the point to these stories....it isnt the "things"

    that

    > make having a great holiday. It is being together. Whether it is

    > fishing, working a puzzle, looking at Christmas lights... it is

    being

    > together that meant so much to US growing up. Giving that to our

    > children is the best gift we can give them. Oh they might not

    > appreciate it now, but when they are our age and times are tough,

    they

    > will think back to the Christmas that spending time together was

    truly

    > the best Christmas ever!

    >

    > I personally think this is the best year ever to go back to the

    real

    > meaning of Christmas, love! Writing letters to the people we love,

    > letting them know how much they mean to us. Sharing our fondest

    > memories with them, include pictures if you can. If funds allow,

    make

    > some old fashioned banana bread. (The mini loaf pans are very

    cheap.

    > Get the bananas marked down to almost nothing at the grocery store.

    > (bruised soft bananas work best.) Wrap in plastic wrap and tie with

    a

    > bow. (probably have ribbon or yarn on hand) Or put in a brown lunch

    sak

    > and let the kids decorate the bag!

    >

    > I love the idea of having an Old Fashioned Christmas!! I really

    think

    > it would be a lot of FUN! I love the ideas of buying gifts from

    > Goodwill too. We got my son a solid wood headboard/footboard for

    $15

    > this summer from Goodwill. I think I will talk to my brothers,

    family,

    > and friends about doing a Old Fashioned Christmas are to be either

    > handmade or bought from places like yard sales or Goodwill. Nothing

    > from retail stores! To me, this isn't depriving ourselves it is

    fun!!

    >

    > Maybe we could start a list of Old Fashioned Christmas Ideas. Keep

    > updating it so we have lots of ideas by Christmas! What do you

    think? I

    > would be happy to have them emailed to me, and I will compile them

    > together and post them to the group.

    >

    > Yes, corperations make it hard for us as parents to not buy the

    > expensive gifts. However we can't really put all of the blame on

    them,

    > after all, it is us the parents that go out and make those

    expensive

    > purchases thinking they will bring happiness to our loved ones.

    >

    > Let's change the way we are thinking about No Christmas to the Best

    > Christmas Ever!

    >

    > Dawn

    >










 

 

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