Archives for the month of: December, 2019
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Thank you notes are now high on the 2019 endangered habits list.

Etiquette experts are pleading for you to do your part in helping bring them back from extinction.  Are you helping revive this lost art with your children?

It’s always best to write a thank you note within a day or two of receiving a gift.  Sooner is always better than later. Sit down with your children and help them learn how to write thank you notes for their gifts. This habit is best started when your children are young.  Try to avoid pre-written cards that seem to be popular these days.  These are the ones which say something along the lines of “Thank you for the ________.” They don’t really convey much effort and appreciation.

The note should be short and sweet, but more than the 1 sentence. Thank the giver for the gift, list one thing the recipients likes about the gift or how she plans to use it.  This time of year it is easy to conclude with wishing the giver a very happy new year.  Ooph offers a thank you note cheat sheet that follows the 3 sentence rule.

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Personalized cards are available from itsybitsypaper.

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Check out The Speckled Duck for a selection of cute kids cards. Warning: don’t be tempted by their fill in the blank cards.

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Who wouldn’t appreciate a warm thanks?

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We think this one’s a hoot from smallfrynotables.

Visit Emily Post online for more tips.

If we all put in a little effort, teach our children to show their gratitude with a hand written thank you note, this endangered list may disappear.


We made it through another Christmas, now today, let’s celebrate Boxing Day 2019.

No, Boxing Day is not really a day for returning unwanted Christmas gifts. Boxing Day is traditionally celebrated in Great Britain on December 26th, a day when civil servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their superiors.

This custom is linked to an older English tradition since they would have to wait on their masters on Christmas Day, the servants of the wealthy were allowed the next day to visit their families. (Downton Abbey-esque)
The employers would give each servant abox to take home containing gift andbonuses, and sometimes leftover food. In general term, it’s a gift sharing day.

We are American, so today go ahead and begin the gift returning/exchanging tradition. Happy Boxing Day!

We wish all of our friends near and far away a very Merry Christmas!

Chanukah is probably one of the best known Jewish holidays.  The Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the festival of lights, is an eight day festival beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev, which is the third month of the Jewish calendar, and occurs sometime in December of the Gregorian calendar. The Hanukkah holiday lasts eight successive days during which eight candles are lit, beginning with one on the first night, two on the second night, three on the third night, and so on.

Jewish Year 5780: sunset December 22, 2019 – nightfall December 30, 2019 (first candle: night of 12/22 last candle: night of 12/30)

Celebrate the holidays with our wooden Chanukka set! Kids can role play safely with our wooden menorah and 9 colorful wooden candles, dreidel, coins, potato latkes, spatula, pan and storage bag.

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Martha Stewart shows you how to make marshmallow dreidels.

Bright Ideas…Menorah Cupcakes would be a special edition to any celebration.

Goody goody gumdrops, it’s time for gumdrop trees!

This might bring back fond memories for some.

If you need a teacher gift or one for your friends and neighbors, give this a try?

This is a sweet classic Christmas project for kids of all ages and A Charming Project Blog wil show you just how easy it is in a few easy steps.

Gather the kiddos, and have some fun with this great recipe for fun.

Our weekend DIY project when finished will be sent out across few states for some little people on our list. It is an idea from Natalme and looks oh so easy to create.

We have a couple of jigsaw puzzles of the United Staates that will be perfect. Next step is attaching pieces of magnetic tape to each state. That’s it, back in the puzzle box and what fun they’ll have putting the states on their fridges.

The United States has a vast variety in the traditions, however, most comes in the taste of the Christmas feast:

  • New England has Lumberjack Pie ( a mashed potato crust, filled with meats, onion and cinnamon.)
  • Pennsylvania Dutch serve Sand Tarts (thing, crisp sugar cookies)
  • North Carolina features Moravian Love-Feast Buns (faintly sweet bread of flour and mashed potatoes.)
  • Baltimore serves Sauerkraut with their Turkey (which includes apples, onions and carrots.)
  • Virginia gives us oyster and ham pie.
  • Southern states have Hominy Grits Soufflé and Whiskey Cake (with one cup of 100-proof whiskey.)
  • Louisiana’s treat is Creole Gumbo. It can include ham, veal, chicken, shrimp, oysters and crabmeat.
  • New Mexico has the Empanaditas–little beef pies with applesauce pine nuts and raisins.
  • Hawaii blesses us with Turkey Teriyaki marinated and cooked over an outdoor pit.   
  • What is your favorite Christmas meal? Is it a traditional meal that you grew up with?

With so many school closings due to the snow that we’re experiencing from coast to coast, whatcha gonna do? You might venture outside and build a big snowman. Or, we might suggest that you stay safe and warm indoors. Here is a yummy idea for you and the kiddos!

How to Build an Indoor Frosty The Snowman.

Ingredients

  • Small powdered doughnut
  • Powdered doughnut hole
  • Decorators’ gel
  • Pretzel or potato stick
  • Haviland Thin Mint
  • Reese’s peanut butter cup miniature

Instructions

  1. Set a powdered doughnut hole atop a mini powdered doughnut. (For a taller version, use a pretzel stick or a potato stick to secure a second doughnut hole atop the first.)
  2. Use decorators’ gel to add a face, buttons, and a carrot nose. (If the gel won’t stick, try smoothing the powder with a dab of water first.)
  3. To add a top hat to a shorter snowman, stick a small piece of a pretzel or potato stick through a Thin Mint and into a Reese’s peanut butter cup miniature, then secure the hat in place on the snowman.