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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Christmas In July Blog Hop -- Day 2... It's all about the kids!! :)


Our snow came in celebration of Christmas In July last night...  It was disguised as buckets of RAIN!! :)  Boy, did we need that rain...  I actually had hoped that it would continue to rain much longer than it did.  I think I could hear the ground making gurgling noises as it drank in the summer 'snowfall'...  Then again, that could have just been The-Boy-Child finishing off another gallon of milk.  :)  And speaking of Christmas and children...

Do you have a special Christmas tradition that you like to share with the children in your family?  While growing up, my parents had a very special and important Christmas tradition...  My sister, my brother, and I had to take turns opening our Christmas presents!!  Yep...  That meant that we each had to wait patiently (and pay attention!) for the others to open a gift before opening one of our own.  Do you know what it's like to expect an 8-year-old to WAIT to open a myriad of toys and goodies while her older brother peels each piece of tape in a ridiculously slow fashion just to torture me???  What if my Easy-Bake-Oven was in the next box???  What if my new Barbie was suffocating in the box underneath all that pretty paper???  What kind of parents make their children do this???  Oh, right...  The ones who wait patiently for us to finish our dance lessons and cheer practice...  The ones who sit through every choral concert, high school musical, dance recital rehearsal AND performance...  The ones who attend every football and basketball game...  Boy, they were good for teaching us to have patience like that -- They certainly must have known we'd need THAT lesson later on in life...  :) 

My own children have grown up with that same tradition at Christmas time...  It makes me happy to look back now and realize that my parents were allowing me to experience what I now call "extra" Christmas...  We took longer to open gifts which meant we spent more time with each other, enjoying everyone's presents (and presence) instead of just our own...  Thanks, Mom...  Thanks, Dad...  :)  Okay...  Let's get to the "extra" reason that you're here...

Lynda from Memories In Tyme has organized a wonderful hop for you this weekend -- At each stop along the way you'll get ideas for Christmas cards, layouts, gifts and more!!  With the economy as it is right now, we're all looking for ways to save money -- what better way to save money than by making wonderful things for your friends and family?  Lynda is also offering a $25 gift card to use at any store as a GRAND PRIZE (there are LOTS of stops along the way that will be offering Blog Hop Candy as well!!)...  If ya want to win, here's what you need to do:
  • Leave a comment on every blog on the hop
  • Become a follower of each blog on the hop
So let's get started!!  If you've hopped over from the super-sweet JENNIFER, then you are in the right place! If you've just popped in to visit my blog from your dashboard or are reading this via email and would like to join the FUN, please click HERE to start at the beginning...  because the beginning is always the best place to start!! :)  Remember, several stops along the way will be offering up Blog Candy goodness (in addition to Lynda's Grand Prize), so be sure to visit everyone (you'll find the full list of participants at the bottom of this post)...

***Please note: This is a FOUR-DAY hop -- You can come back EACH day for additional chances in the drawing!!  Simply leave a comment on the posts for each day for EXTRA chances to WIN!!***

As I prepared for this hop, I really wanted to show something for the kids too...  When I was that 8-year-old impatient kid hoping for a new Barbie, I would also start 'shopping' for Christmas presents about a week before Thanksgiving (gee, what happened to that trait of preparing early???)...  I was all about the handmade gifts (and I L-O-V-E-D wrapping presents!!).  A gift I really enjoyed making (and people always seemed to enjoy receiving) was a potpourri-filled sachet...  Sometimes I would find pieces of fabric to piece together, but other times I would simply decorate an envelope with crayons or markers (hmmm...  something I still enjoy doing!!)...  So, with the kiddos in mind, I made these tree shaped potpourri boxes!!
Quick and easy to make, your kiddos will have fun making them AND filling them -- If they don't want to make sachets, they can fill them with candy or other goodies!!  The template for the box can be found on the Tags, Bags, Boxes & More Cricut Cartridge...  After cutting the box, I layered green cardstock (embossed with the Sizzix 'Merry Christmas' folder) on each side...  Glitter glue and stickles give the effect of a string of Christmas lights (and clean up is easy if you have help from a glitter-loving Turtle-Cat like I do!!)...
Do you still make paper chains with your children?  We like to string popcorn and cranberries too (even if The-Toby-Dog thinks it's a midnight snack for him)...  Doing this with my (now teenager/adult) kiddos gives me the gift of their time...  And it's still true that a loved one's presence is one of the best presents you can receive (and it's almost FREE!)...  :)
So this Christmas, I hope you'll remember to enjoy your family's traditions as well as the present of presence...  Make some fun sachets or treat boxes with the kids...  Loop some paper rings and string some popcorn...  And have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!! :)

Before I send you off to your next stop on the hop...  What's a hop without some CANDY???  I have a collection of Christmas Card-making supplies to send out to one fabulous and festive winner!! :) 

To be eligible for my blog candy:
  • Please become a follower of my blog and leave me a comment answering the question: "What is your FAVORITE Christmas Tradition?"!!
For additional entries for the candy
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Please leave an additional comment for each 'extra' entry you complete....  If you leave your email address (please leave it in SAFE scrapbookingwithamy at gmail dot com form), I will be happy to contact you if you are the winner; otherwise, you will need to check back after Wednesday, July 27th to see if you are a winner.  No captcha here, so commenting is quick and easy!! :)


You can even pop over to the Operation Owl Blog Hop by clicking HERE and enter to WIN there (more PRIZES!! Woot-woot!!)...
    And now you're off to the delightful Margie of My Sweet Tater who has a WONDERFUL project to share with you!! :)

    Here's a list of the entire hop, in case you get lost along the way or want to revisit anyone :)



    Memories In Tyme


    Amy  <<< YOU ARE HERE!! :)
    Margie  <<< Go here NEXT!!

    24 comments:

    Tami B. said...

    She didn't sound "8" at all....
    I'm so glad I didn't miss this one. My parents made us do the same thing, and we still do it to this day which stretches the morning out pretty well with all the extras (grandkids) thrown in. You know I just realized something....giftbags sure have made things go quicker now that we use them a lot.

    Lori Apgar said...

    Love the projects for the kids! My favorite tradition currently is going to the tree farm to pick out our tree with our boys.

    Judy said...

    My grandkids will sure love making these projects and I guarantee each one will fill with candy! One thing the family all look forward to is the giant cinnamon buns we always have ready!
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

    Judy said...

    A note to let you know that I am a long time follower, fan and email recipient ... thank you!
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

    Anniebee said...

    Adorable new take on the cake slice box! I love it! TFS! I'm really enjoying all of the cute Christmas ideas you ladies are presenting. Great job!

    Anniebee
    anniebeescraftroom.blogspot.com

    Newbie2crafting said...

    Love the projects. This gives me ideas on what to make with my little girl.

    Dana
    Danascraftycorner.blogspot.com

    abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

    Super fun projects! My favorite tradition is the family basketball game! We always play right after we eat. And since I live in AZ the weather is perfect!

    Carri~abusybee
    www.doubleclickconnections.blogspot.com

    Sherrie K. said...

    Cute project!! Thanks for sharing:) Favorite tradition is going back home to my parents for the holiday. Going to church, visiting with family and having homemade carmel rolls, yummy!
    Sherrie K
    http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com
    jskoning at msn dot com

    Jill Angel said...

    I guess my favorite tradition is waking up with the girls. If that is a tradition LOL. Still make paper chains! Love your projects!
    TFS!
    Jill
    http://craftwithanangel.blogspot.com/

    jennyplace2 said...

    OMG! I forgot all about the paper chains! I am going to have to dig up some scraps the next time the grandkids come over and make some. This has been a wonderful hop with so many great gift ideals. It has been a pleasure hopping with you.

    nantastic said...

    Love this idea, Do remember paper chains and they never get old. Fave tradition is reading the Christmas story.
    nana5604 at gmail dot com

    Mary D said...

    Love the projects! Great to make with children Thank you for sharing. Love the cake box idea.

    Lillian Child said...

    Aw - isn't it great to get creative with your kids?!! Fabulous project!

    Eva said...

    Love the paper you used to make your Paper Chain...My favorite Christmas tradition is to decorate the tree :0) Eva

    evasscrapsncards.blogspot.com

    Babe O'Mara said...

    Love the projects. I remember making paper garlands as a kid, many years ago. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Babe
    youiesmom@att.net

    Amanda said...

    following~fave tradition is reading "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" on Christmas Eve! thanx! prhmangel@gmail.com

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    Lisa's Creative Niche said...

    Beautiful! my fav. tradition is decorating the tree together, my son always does the beading ( or should I say ends of wearing it most of the night, hehehe! ) Thanks so much!
    lisa
    summer_sunset54 at hotmail.com

    Anniebee said...

    Hi! Just popping by on day 3 to see if you had posted a new project. I think I forgot to tell my favorite Christmas tradition in my previous comment so I'll do that now. My family has a tradition of shouting "Christmas Gift!" when we speak to someone in person or on the phone for the first time on Christmas Day. It started long ago when my mother was a child and she continued it with us and we have continued it with our own children. It's just another way of telling one another that we feel blessed having the other person in our lives. It's fun and doesn't cost a penny.
    Have a great week!

    Annibee
    ammiebeescraftroom.blogspot.com

    A Creative Journey said...

    Love your projects! The christmas garland is lovely and a great idea! I have also used the same shapes to make ornaments as well.. You have got me thinking about Christmas! Maybe I should put my tree up! LOL My favorite Holiday tradition is when my hubby, kids and I drive out and look at christmas lights at various subdivisions... we have done it for 12 years and some day when I have Grand Children, I hope to continue the tradition :) TFS! I am a follower and would be honored if you would check my blog out and become a follower as well if you aren't already at http://acreativejourneywithmelissa.blogspot.com/

    Mary D said...

    Didn't see day 3 but stopped back in. Love the projects

    Mary D said...

    Love the projects. Fun to make with the kids. Love the cake idea. My favorite tradition is Having Christmas Eve with all the family and exchanging gifts then going to mid night mass

    Vicki said...

    I love the paper chains. Two of my gsons are 5 so this will be a fun year to make the chains...

    My favorite traditions are, we would go to bed to the lights on the Christmas tree being on and if we woke up and they were blinking we knew that Santa had come! We also baked Jesus a Birthday Cake and had a wooden manger with this tiny plastic baby laying in it on the center of the cake and then we would sing Happy Birthday to Jesus, and last my brother and I always tried to be the first to wake up but if we woke up to soon , mom and dad made us go back to bed..lol

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