Christmas Plans

How about a recap from one of the first blog posts from Childhood Myths??   December, 2010


How did those letters go that your kids wrote to Santa? Did they ask for too much…did you help them adjust?




1. Kids do not ‘need’ lots of toys – help them see the difference in needs and wants early. Make sure they understand that they will not get everything on that list, nor should they. Santa has many children to give to and shares his toys around the world.


2. Do not give your children all that they ask for. It saps the excitement from each moment because they begin to understand that, no matter what, they really will get it all.


3. Christmas morning at our house was always “stockings first”. The kids had to wake us up so we could go downstairs together for our stocking stuffers…small things – fruit, matchbox cars, socks. Everything was ‘oohed’ over and appreciated.

not really awake, but ready!
older, and much more ready…with Corky

 

4. When we, as a family, opened gifts under the tree it was always one gift at a time. Everyone watched until that gift was opened, then we moved on to the next, including Mom and Dad. We alternated gifts from Santa and ones from parents. The kids knew they needed the right grateful attitude when opening presents…or we just might stop;)

5. All during the holidays have the kids help. Chad and Scott helped make cookies, cook, wrap presents for others, straighten up. After Christmas Day see if the kids can find toys they’re ready to let go of (ones their new gifts can replace). Have them go with you to drop these things off at a shelter or another organization that helps people.

still in jammies, but helping up a storm!

 

Try to instill that attitude of gratitude early. It can begin to enhance their ability to think of others on their own as they get older.

Christmas brotherly love :)

 

Good luck during the holidays with gratitude!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

…and because it’s necessary…a photo op for new Christmas baby:

precious!

 


 


 


Seasonal Excitement!

New babies! New holidays!!

 

Here’s the sweetie with her ‘pumpkin butt’:

…and her lion costume!!

We are thankful for this adorable ‘turkey butt’!!

And…the most adorable wearing of an ‘ugly Christmas sweater’!!

so sweet…LOVE:)

 

Happy Parenting (and grandparenting!),

D and C

Happy Valentine’s Day

Love and Joy, today and always!!

...a special surprise in the snow...

 

Love to my sweeties!

adorable, aren't they? ....and just as sweet!

 

Happiness to spread around….

...reading brings happiness too, right?

 

Love to my honey…always!!!

..he loved that car:))

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone…and, as usual, find your joy….wherever you can find it:))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

 

 

 

 

Super Saturday #30

Hurray for Super Saturday #30…

Beautiful things, exciting things, inspiring ones…I’ll share with you those things that bring me joy and make me happy!

 

Here are three things that make me happy:

 

3 beautiful gifts from my darlin’s :

this portrait of all of them…sneakily taken in the fall and hidden from me ’til now:))


Isn’t it gorgeous?? I am the luckiest mama in the world!!!

I also got individual couple pictures from their engagement photos…love them!!! I’ll show you those later:)

 

Here are a few others from the sneaky photo session!!


love it:)))

Beautiful, right?? Aren’t I lucky??

LOVE THEM ALL!!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Merry Christmas to All!

Merry Christmas to Everyone! Enjoy the time with your families..no matter what you plan:)

From our growing and wonderful family to yours…

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Super Saturday #29

Hurray for Super Saturday #29…

Beautiful things, exciting things, inspiring ones…I’ll share with you those things that bring me joy and make me happy!

 

Here are three things that make me happy:

 

1) angels..love them…


2) my mom’s crystal…from 1943…pretty, huh?

with pralines and Russian teacakes...

3) additions to my beautiful nativity set…thanks, S family!!

before...

...and after...

 

Many things to be thankful for this season…rejoice in the season….   :)

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Believing in the Magic of Christmas!

An original post from 3 years ago…do I still believe these words?? Absolutely! Have fun with your young ones…which will lead to fun with your kids as they grow older…


So…do you believe in Santa?

Come on, Santa, smile!!

That is always the question, isn’t it? Is there really a Santa Claus? How do you answer your children’s questions – blow it off, ignore it, answer from the head or from the heart?





























We wanted our boys to enjoy those light-hearted, magical beliefs as long as possible. I still believe in Santa…the spirit of a giving soul expecting nothing in return! Shouldn’t we all be more like that “Jolly Old Elf”???







If your conversations with your children can begin to focus more on the gifts Santa gives to everyone else, how kind and industrious he is – it may help your children to develop some of those helpful characteristics in their own lives. Santa letters, Santa cookies to give to others, special Santa wrapping paper and bows, trips to see Santa, watching TV specials — how can that be wrong?

peeking!!!

Make sure your child knows what you believe. You do believe in that loving spirit, don’t you? If you’re confident in what you want for your children in the way of believing or not, then no remarks by kids at school or by crabby relatives can shake them from those beliefs.

a present from Santa :)

The light and sparkle in your kids’ eyes should not be extinguished just because others may think your children are too old to believe in Santa. Hold on to what you want for your own kids. Chad and Scott never thought that we had lied to them when they were young but that believing in the spirit of Christmas continues into adulthood.


I believe in Santa, do you?

Happy Parenting!

D and C



















 

 

Super Saturday #28

Hurray for Super Saturday #28…

Beautiful things, exciting things, inspiring ones…I’ll share with you those things that bring me joy and make me happy!

 

Here are three things that make me happy:

 

1) a working fireplace…thank you, Chad:)


2) Christmas tree and our ornaments:

old handmade and new beautiful...all mixed up!

can you see Yoda and ET?

sand dollars and Roxy prints:)

...from F2's childhood...

mixed bag...love 'em!

 

3) a beautiful Willow Tree nativity set…a wonderful gift in the past couple of years:

only a portion of the set...

Because the 3 of us left town for Christmas after F2′s death in ’96 and continued to leave for Christmas for many years, all the Christmas decorations stayed in their boxes. When we decided we could handle being home again, the ornaments brought sweet and wonderful memories back for all of us. Now, we love to see them and talk about each one. C even asked that I write a list of ornaments and how we got them or what they meant…great idea, right?  So instead, I took photos of them in groups that could be described…hope they make sense!

Appreciate what you have for Christmas and make as many memories as you can…  they will light up your lives forever:))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Holiday ‘Presence’

Ideas for creating that joy on Christmas morning that we all are longing for….  past post #2:

 

Now that your children’s gifts to others are taken care of … see previous post… what do you want to do about their gifts from you and from Santa?

If your kids know that you buy them some gifts that you want to be surprises for them, you can give them some tips about not looking around for presents because of the chance of “wrecking the surprise”. If they can learn to delay gratification and wait for surprises, their Christmas mornings will be sooo exciting, and they will have developed a useful character trait.

If they’re not looking for your gifts, they won’t ‘accidentally’ find Santa’s gifts!!!

I had always thought that Chad and Scott didn’t snoop when Christmas came around because they liked to be surprised. Wrong!! I just discovered that…instead… they were nervous that if they found  surprise gifts we wouldn’t let them have them!! I’m sure we never said that exactly, but they could tell from our voices that snooping was not a good thing.


If you want Santa to last…always keep separate wrapping paper, labels, bows – only to be used by Santa. At our house, Santa wrapped some gifts and left others unwrapped by the tree – and other unwrapped trinkets in the Christmas stockings. Last minute wrapping of Santa’s gifts is always a great idea.

It’s less confusing if all family gifts are wrapped ahead of time with the whole family involved (and in our house put away until Christmas Eve). So all you need to be concerned with on Christmas Eve after the children go to bed is wrapping Santa’s gifts and arranging the presents under the tree.

whether the presents are wrapped by Mom and Dad
or by Santa
or left unwrapped by Santa
or packages from friends and families









Make sure your kids appreciate each gift individually. More to come in Part 3!!




If you do appreciate the idea of giving, whether through Santa or through another avenue, planning ahead of time is always important. Family values come first!!

Happy Parenting!
D and C

Super Saturday #27

Hurray for Super Saturday #27…

Beautiful things, exciting things, inspiring ones…I’ll share with you those things that bring me joy and make me happy!

 

Here are three things that make me happy:

 

1) Christmas cards…ready to be mailed:)))


2) a Michigan State win…hurray!! On to the Rose Bowl!

3) finding very old-fashioned ‘elves’ while putting decorations on the Christmas tree…

in this mess...

 

these little guys are probably close to 40 years old…way before the ‘elf on the shelf’ phenomenon!!

So much fun, this time of year….find it and enjoy your happiness!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C