Christmas without money

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      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” 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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