Tis the season to start ramping up the holiday fun – both with local grandkids and long distance grandchildren. One grandchild and I spent a delightful hour in Big Lots enjoying the Harvest and Halloween decor aisle. We left with a tiny scarecrow for the mantel, a bigger scarecrow for great-grandma’s room, and a cute metal decoration for the front door – three pumpkins and the inscription, “Bless This House.” Thanks to Big Lots’ prices it didn’t cost much and we had a terrific time picking just the right items!
Christmas and Thanksgiving decor were there as well, but we ran out of time to investigate those. We’ll have fun with them later. Picking out and displaying holiday decorations have always been some of my favorite traditions. Would you believe I have a full-sized scarecrow that is over ten years old! We used to put him in a chair right outside the front door to greet visitors to our door. Now he’s in the house as my grandkids absolutely dote on him! They dance with him, hug him, use him as a pillow to watch TV and just have the best time with him! The memories from this particular tradition are priceless and will be just as special 20 years from now! 🙂
My long distance grandkids also love Autumn and Autumn decor. They are wonderful at sending me Harvest pictures to help decorate the house! Those are always a special treat! 🙂
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some fun and free (one of my favorite ways to save money 🙂 ) craft ideas for the holiday season – from Autumn and Thanksgiving to Christmas and New Years. Keep checking back for more fun ideas and also we’d love to hear your suggestions as well!
For more Family Friday articles, be sure to visit Home Ever After, where they have a great article about lunch notes for our grandkids!
“Maybe I'm crazy to suppose, I'd ever be the one you chose, Out of a thousand invitations, you received…Here comes the jackpot question in advance:What are you doing New Year's Eve?” This song, written by Frank Loesser and recorded by many, including Harry Connick, Jr., is one of my favorites. I love to sing it, once upon a time to my children, and now to my grandkiddies.
Nowadays, it’s rare we get to spend New Year’s Eve all together, but when we do, this grandma has a great time! I stock up on all the Sparkling Apple Cider and yummy snacks that they can eat. I have fun picking out party blowers, party hats, and party noisemakers at Walmart or Target. I handpick a great movie or two. We have a blast! Sometimes it’s been my adult kids, grandkids, and me. Other times, I get the wee ones all to myself. Either way, I’m in grandma/mom heaven and consider that the absolute best way to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
I even have fun when I get to visit within a month of New Year's Eve. I've been known to pack many of those items, take them with me and celebrate New Year's Eve on January 15! Some other fun things we have done on New Year’s Eve over the years include:
- Bowling. Most of the alleys are open and it’s a fun and wholesome way to have a great night plus get a little exercise. When we started this tradition, smoking was the norm. Now, many of the bowling alleys don’t allow smoking which makes it even nicer.
- Take Out. Many of our favorite places close early for New Year’s Eve to allow their employees to celebrate the evening as well. We call our favorite place (often P.F. Chang’s – YUMMY) and place an order, pick up the food early, and bring it home to enjoy it.
- Games. One tradition I followed for several years was to buy a new game for a family Christmas gift. Then we would save it for New Year’s Eve. It’s so much fun to play a new game as we end an old year and begin a new one. Some of our favorites include Gobblet and Gobblet Jr., Apples to Apples, and any Cranium game.
- Puzzles. These are fun to set up in a corner and work on throughout the day as you are doing other projects as well. Great ways to save money: Many games and puzzles are on sale this week. It’s a terrific time to stock up for this New Year’s Eve or put them away for next Christmas/New Year’s Eve. Just don’t forget that you bought them and where you put them.
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Happy New Year 🙂