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To share my love of art-making, I've started a Christmas tradition with Yummy (and someday Dooter) of putting together fun new art supplies to deliver to our local Crisis Centre.  We get to shop for fun materials and put them into bags so that kids, who might not otherwise have the chance, get some fun new art supplies to explore at Christmastime.  
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Last year, I wrapped milk cartons in Christmas paper to hold the supplies.
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I wanted to include some bigger items, like notebooks, this year, so instead we used some of the festive Hand-Printed Gift Bags we made earlier this week.
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Yummy had a blast filling up the bags, colour coordinating the scissors and glitter glue to the notebooks I'd made (a girl after my own heart!). 
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Into the bags went:
  • Notebooks (I covered plain exercise books with butterfly calendar pages)
  • Modelling clay
  • Markers
  • Glitter Glue
  • Scissors
  • Christmas stickers

I can't wait to deliver these soon!  

What sort of giving traditions to you celebrate at this time of year?
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12/5/2013 09:56:13 am

These look great! What a special gift to give too! Our family likes to go Christmas caroling at a local senior's center and hand out our baked goodies in the community. I really want my children to learn that Christmas is about giving to others, just as we celebrate the greatest gift we were ever given, the Lord Jesus. Thanks for sharing your neat gift idea Maria!

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12/5/2013 09:18:57 pm

Good morning Missy! Thanks for sharing your ideas for giving as well. Your kids are definitely learning to have giving hearts -I can see the results of your teaching them through great experiences like the ones you shared!

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7/6/2017 06:21:21 pm

For us to be able to save more money while being generous during Christmas season, we must know how to be creative. Gifts do not have to be expensive in the first place. What's important is the fact that you remembered that person during that season! By the way, these ideas are so brilliant. I wanted to do it so I can also save money, but being thoughtful at the same time.

12/6/2013 11:37:28 am

Great job! Your crisis centre will be very thankful for such a thoughtful gift.

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12/8/2013 04:52:18 am

I hope so, Dyan! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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12/11/2013 05:06:06 am

What wonderful gifts these are for the kids who receive them - and a wonderful lesson your for your own children. This sounds like a fun tradition!

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12/14/2013 03:29:35 am

Thanks Emma! I'm enjoying creating traditions now that my kids (well, one of them, anyways) are old enough to appreciate it. So fun to make yearly memories!

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