Monday, December 6, 2010

On the 6th Day of Christmas & Some Great Neighborhood Gift Ideas

Today for our Spirit of Christmas we talked about where Christmas Cards Originated!  I LOVE Christmas cards. I get excited every day I see a new one in the mail.  This is our card this year…image I tape them to my door and love to have a full door full or cards and pictures.  It’s so festive!  I printed off some old looking Christmas Cards for my kids to take to their primary teachers.  They turned out pretty cute!family 082 family 083 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
For our December Fun activity we put together our neighbor gifts.  It is something I love doing, but was glad to get it done early.  I just have to say how grateful I am for my good friends and neighbors.  I seriously live in the greatest neighborhood.  My neighbors watch our house when we’re on vacation.  They loan me that cup or sugar, or tsp of Vanilla I keep forgetting to get at the store.  They bring over good movies  for me to watch.  Bring me the “extra dinner” they made.  They raise great children for my friend to be friends with!  We share tips on raising our kids, healthy eating, and have a great time chatting with each other outside while our kids play in the front yards!
So every year at Christmas, because I have the greatest friends  and neighbors I wish I could get them all a big expensive lavish gift, but with 35+ people on the list I know that sticking to something small would be better on the budget!
I called up my sister this morning and we chatted about different things we have done in the past.  She is amazing with making a cute quote out of anything.  She even made a roll of toilet paper sound like a cute gift idea :)  Here are a few she came up with…
Air Freshener -“Don’t ever say we never ‘Scent’ you a gift for Christmas.”
Frozen Cookie Dough wrapped in baggies - “Here’s a little extra “dough” for the holiday season!!”
Wire Wisk - “We ‘Wisk ‘you a Merry Christmas”
Rubber Scrappers – We hope you can “Scrape” up a little holiday fun this seasons.
Dish towels- “We ‘dish’ you a merry Christmas”
Sprinkles- “Thought we would Sprinkle a little holiday cheer!
Orange in bag and cinnamon sticks in bag – Recipe for smelly stuff to cook on stove
Muffin – Your getting “Muffin” for Christmas
Toilet Paper Roll– Here’s a little something to help you “Roll” out the holiday season!
Baking Soda or Soda Pop - “I ‘Soda’ hope you have a Merry Christmas”
Tooth Paste, Bleach, or White Out - “I’m dreaming of a White Christmas”
Tide- We bring you good “Tide”ings of Great Joy!
Box of Tissues- We “Tissue” a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Seasonings- Tis the Season to be jolly!
Hot Chocolate – We hope you stay warm and cozy during this holiday season!
Can of Beans – We’ve “Bean” thinking about you and hope you have a wonderful
Suckers- Hope your Christmas doesn’t “suck” {OK it’s a little mean, but pretty funny}
Here are a few others that I have seen and really like..
A plate of Homemade Rolls and Jelly
A CD with all your favorite Christmas Music on it!
Onion - “An onion a day keeps everyone away, wishing you a peaceful holiday season”
Nuts – We wish you a Merry Christmas  -From your “Nutty” Neighbors
Make a plate of yummy treat – who wouldn’t love that!
Aren’t these great.  My sister really could walk you down the grocery isle and come up with a cute gift idea!
There are also great ones here and here and I love this one called Dust Pan Cookies found Here!
A friend of mine brought us a Nail ornament with a quote about Remembering Christ during the Christmas season that was really sweet. 
This year I let my husband pick from a list I gave him and he decided he liked…..
“An Onion a Day Keeps Everyone Away, Wishing you a Peaceful Holiday Season”
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I think people thought it was a caramel apple,  to their surprise It was an onion :)  I know it’s not spiritual or even yummy, but we did add some candy cane treats to it!  It is pretty funny and a lot of people need a little laugh right now!!  So that’s what we did.  The funny part was when we got home we looked in the bag and their was a tag.  So hopefully the people that got the tagless onion don’t think we are crazy! 
The kids enjoyed walking around the neighborhood as a family wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!  It’s a great way to teach your kids about giving!  If you can’t afford it, don’t stress it, just have your kid color pictures or go sing songs at your neighbors doors.  It’s all about teaching and not spending a bunch of money!
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Have a great day and Thanks for reading!


Veronica said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Those are some really great ideas!!! :)
I'm in your blog!!! Yay!!!

J Family said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That's one less thing someone has to ask for to borrow!! I have been thinking about going back to the neighborhood to pass out gifts this year. :) I guess I can count this year as a freebie. I like the cookie dough idea the best- except I would eat it.

Trish the Dish said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

We thought the onion was hilarious! Especially since your kids said they helped make it :)

Mildred Carroll said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love the onion one too - thought about adding a recipe for carmelized onions, or maybe the stuff to dip it in to make a deep-fried onion. Really great ideas - I'm saving them!

TJ & Charity Moore said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I loved the onion idea. I was hoping I would get one of those cute Christmas Cards. (hint. hint.)

Nicole said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hey Kendra you are a great neighbor also :)!! Hope you have a wonderful time with your family up north. Also I am very impressed with your Christmas Eve dinner. Next year I think I will copy that idea, well maybe if Brax is willing to make the rice and salmon.


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