Christmas Time’s A Coming!

And I’ve got to recommend two books and some great craft party ideas!

First, now is the time to be thinking about hosting a Christmas cookie exchange. Whether for the adult cooks in your life, or your own children and their friends (why not both?), this is a great way to kick off the giving we’re so fond of during the month of December.

In the book Great Parties for Kids by Nancy Fyke, Lynn Nejam, and Vicki Overstreet, you’ll find a two page spread on how to host a “Favorite Cookie Swap” for the kids in your life. Basically, each guest brings three dozen cookies, and the hostess makes about six batches of different kinds of cookies for sampling and giving away. Everyone leaves with several platefuls of variety to share with others. I like to emphasize that this is the time to make those fancy holiday cookies you only make once a year. It kind of dampens the enthusiasm if everyone brings chocolate chip cookies, know what I mean?

Also in this book, is a cute gingerbread man template to use for party invitations.

The second book I’ve got to recommend is Martha Stewart Living’s Crafts and Keepsakes for the Holidays. I was so excited to find instructions in this for classic looking homemade snow globes–something my 7 year old has been wanting to make since last Christmas! I marked several great projects in this book, from jingle bell wreaths to real ribbon chains (remember the construction paper chains we all made as kids for the tree?), to awesome silver origami ornaments to hang in your windows…

Do you have any great Christmas projects in mind for this year’s celebrations?

Dreaming of Christmas reds and evergreens,

Mary

13 thoughts on “Christmas Time’s A Coming!”

  1. I wish I had some Christmas traditions to share. The cookie idea is fantastic, however, I am not able to use my oven, just the stove.

    I decided to put Tamera Alexander books on my wish list. I love her books and I don’t have one.

  2. Oh that’s a real test–especially during this time of year…I hope you’re able to get one that works soon! I know how it gets though, sometimes things we think are a priority take second place to more important drains on the finances.

    I wish I owned a Tamera Alexander book to give you, I’ve just borrowed all mine from the library. So tell me about this wish list? Is it one you give your mom/family or your hubby? Aren’t wish lists fun? Keeps the kid in us alive a bit longer…

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  3. I was reading the December issue of Canadian Living – can you buy that in the States? – and it has some of the best cookie recipes I’ve ever seen. Including some gluten-free ones the Baby can eat! Yay!

  4. Weel, I’ve never heard of Canadian Living, but maybe it’s worth looking up! I have a friend or two and a cousin who would love the gluten-free recipes!

    Thanks, Beck!

  5. I just wanted to post that I think that cookie party idea is wonderful! I remember my Mom doing that when I was little and my brothers and sisters and I would scamper through the throng of people stealing cookies here and there…I wish I had a group of friends where I live that I could do that with but I just moved here. It is a great memory that I have still though!

  6. Thanks for sharing your memories, Geri! I’ve never done this with my kids before, but am wanting to. I have done it with women’s groups…and can vouch that it’s the BEST way to kick off the Christmas season with friends.

    It’s hard to face the holidays in a new place with all new faces. I hope you find that this new path is soon lined with special people to bless the transition. I’ve found that my friendships online really bless when the ones in real life aren’t very accessible!

  7. Thank you! I agree…I have met so many wonderful women on here that help with loneliness. It’s great to have people with similar interests to talk with.

  8. I think that making the silver origami ornaments are great and I also think they are spectacular to do with kids. Origami can be very beneficial for children. Cookies and such, well, I’ll leave that to the wife. :)

  9. Isn’t origami fun? I’ll have to come visit your site…seeing as how you must specialize in origami flowers and such! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for commenting, Erich!

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