Archives for November 2011

Simple Gift Giving: Want, Need, Wear, Read

a SIMPLE Holiday: sharing our traditions |

This Christmas I find myself with my hands a little fuller than usual, after the birth of our fourth child in August.  And, perhaps like many of you, we’re finding that the budget at the Fleck house is a little tighter this holiday season, too.

Instead of focusing on the things we cannot do, I’d rather shift the focus to appreciating what we can do, and enjoying the spirit of the season.

I’ve always been more of a quality over quantity person, and I hope to raise my kids to have the same attitude.

So, this year, more than ever, I’m committed to a simple holiday. 

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Thanksgiving Cookies: An Edible Craft

The following post was written by contributor Rae Grant and originally appeared November 2010.

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, home is a busy place. Thanksgiving Day is always a good time to offer kids a craft focus and it is the perfect opportunity to make new traditions.

Over the years, we have made pinecone turkeys, turkey handprints, wreaths, and nature centerpieces for the children’s table. I’ve found it is always a good idea to have a simple, seasonal craft project in mind when you have a group of kids for a holiday. It brings them together and adds an element of tradition to the festivities. It will also give them things to remember years later.

I recall one Thanksgiving when my brother was dive-bombing his small green plastic toy soldier directly into the mashed potatoes and gravy on his plate. No adults were watching and we kids were highly amused. We should have been crafting!

This year, I’ve decided to do something a little different to keep the kids busy on Thanksgiving Day. After watching all the lovely changes in the leaves, making hand-cut sugar cookies in the shape of an autumn leaf seems like the perfect ending to a beautiful season.

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