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Fun Advent and Christmas Activities for Grandparents and Their Grandchildren

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The Wright Stuff

It’s a cold, wet and foggy night outside, but inside it’s cozy and warm and the sounds of Christmas are serenading me from my computer, courtesy of iTunes. Several of my grandkids and I have been hard at work the last couple of weeks, working on Christmas gifts thanks to some handy dandy potholder looms and supplies. Would you believe it, this baby boomer generation granny nanny made these same kind of potholders wayyyyyy back about 50 years ago! And now I’m enjoying watching my grandkids make them. What a treat!

Fun Sandwich Generation activities for grandparents and their grandchildren can include handmade gift ideas like pot holder looms

Back then, I remember using a metal potholder loom and now they are plastic. That part worked OK, but the plastic hooks kept breaking. I did some research and found some nice looking loom replacement hooks from SpinBlessing which should arrive any day now. But the kids have been doing pretty good just using their fingers, though that’s easier for the older ones than the younger ones. Look at some of their accomplishments. Aren’t these GREAT!

My grandchildren had a lovely time making homemade Christmas gifts with potholder looms and supplies

One of the grandsons has even gotten some of his gifts wrapped already! He’s way ahead of me, though I do have a small pile of gifts stashed away in the attic. And since my wrapping now consists of really cute $1 bags from the Dollar Tree, with some tissue added if I have time, I guess I’m not TOO far behind him. 🙂

These are such fun craft activities for grandparents and their grandchildren and a terrific way to introduce them to weaving looms as well as a simple crochet stitch for beginners. I had tried teaching them crochet first and they just weren’t catching on. But you basically do a single crochet all around the edges to finish it off and now they’re doing that like pros. So crochet will be back on the project table soon, once we have a longer period of time together to work on it.

My grandkids used a single crochet stitch to finish off each potholder-carefully removing it from the loom

And if the potholder looms break the way the hooks did, I will replace them with a metal potholder loom. Amazon has two that look quite nice.


And speaking of all things Christmas (one of my favorite topics, I must confess), I was thrilled to find out that Floss, at Troc, Broc and Recup, is once again celebrating Advent at her site, and we’re all invited. That’s been a highlight of my Advent and Christmas season in the past and I’m looking forward to it once again. So each week, on either Sunday or Monday (or both), you’ll find this cute wreath along with a post about fun ways for grandparents and grandchildren to prepare their hearts and homes for the birthday of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! 

The Sandwich Generation can enjoy fun activities for grandparents and their grandchildren during A Pause In Advent as we prepare for Christmas

While others may have sugarplums dancing through their heads, I’ve been thinking up other interesting projects like children’s regular and plastic Nativity sets, kids Advent calendars to buy or to make, and handmade gift and card making ideas.

If you have a blog, just pop over to A Pause in Advent and leave a comment if you’d like to join in. And regardless, I’d love to see you visit here often throughout the season of Advent and Christmas and share ideas and thoughts for ways that the Sandwich Generation can combine the issues of caring for elderly parents and grandchildren together with enjoying the Christmas season.

P.S. If you’d like to enjoy some fun Christmas present activities for grandparents and grandchildren at your home, making potholders, you can click here for potholder looms and supplies. And….


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    • Lydia Harris
    • November 20, 2010

    Grandparenting is the best.
    I included some Christmas ideas in my recent book release: Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting (for grandparents at any stage of the journey). I’d love for grandparents to know about this resource and consider it as a gift or for themselves. You can learn more here: http://www.PreparingMyHeart.net.

    Happy grandparenting!

    Lydia Harris

  3. Hi Lydia, Your book, Preparing My Heart For Grandparenting, looks wonderful (and for those who would like to order it, just click here 🙂 ). Thanks so much for letting us know about it. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • Lydia Harris
    • November 20, 2010

    Thanks, Kaye, for helping let others know. May it bless future generations.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you! Thanksgiving spelled backwards is Giving Thanks. And that’s what we do.

    Counting my blessings,
    Lydia (aka Grandma Tea)

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