Collapsible Market Tote Giveaway
Be sure to read all the way to end for a Collapsible Market Tote giveaway. Ok, I know some of you will skip there and just get in on the giveaway, but humor me anyway and let me think you’ve read at least part of this post.
Is “new traditions” an oxymoron? I think so, but I’ll use it anyway.
This week at Home Sanctuary, Rachel Anne asked us to think about some things we would like to start as traditions this year. Well, it just so happens that we had already come up with a few changes that may or may not become traditions, but we won’t know until we try.
Because of some scheduling malfunctions, none of my husband’s family is able to get together with us this year on Thanksgiving Day. We have traded off with my family for years where one year we have Thanksgiving together and the next year we have Christmas together. This would have been the year to get together with my husband’s side of the family for Thanksgiving, but it’s not happening, at least not on Thanksgiving Day. We do get to see one son, his wife, and the grandkids the day after Thanksgiving, but that left us with no one on Thanksgiving Day.
We live in a relatively new neighborhood and thought of a couple of neighbors that have moved here from out of state. One family is from Slovakia (which for all you Smarter than a 5th Grader fans is not a state), and we wondered what they might be doing for the day. We invited both neighbors to join us, and even though the Slovakian family does have plans with other friends, they were touched and overjoyed that we would ask them.
We have one neighbor joning us for certain and have since found out that one son will be with us on Thanksgiving Day and have asked another couple to join us. It will be a small gathering, and it will be the first time in a number of years that we haven’t been with extended family for the holiday.
The joy and appreciation that the Slovakian family conveyed to us of merely being asked to join us has warmed our hearts and made us desire even more to extend the holiday beyond just family.
Now, this has something to do with the giveaway, so if you’ve read this far you really deserve the prize, but keep reading anyway.
The first change for this year has to do with “going green.” I’m not much on the green bandwagon yet, mostly because I just haven’t given it much thought and effort, but I had determined after last year to use fabric to wrap presents instead of paper that is going to be thrown away even if we do have good intentions of using the bigger pieces to wrap smaller presents next year.
Ironically, and the irony didn’t hit me until I was standing in my nice clean shower this morning, I found a sale on wrapping paper at JoAnn Fabrics, so not all presents will be in fabric, but some will. Baby steps … .
The next change for Christmas is to exchange family names with my brothers and sisters. In recent years we have exchanged names in a way that was fair and equitable to all families regardless of how many kids they had, but even that left each family with 4 extra people to buy for. We had a reasonable limit on the amount of money we would spend on each, but decided to try something different this year since none of the adults really need anything that we could buy with the $15.00 allotted to them.
With the family name exchange the emphasis is on giving a gift that “encourages family togetherness, acts of sevice, and world peace :-).” Preferably the giving family will work together on the gift and/or be with the receiving family when they partake in the gift so as to have more time together without spending much money. In fact, the less money spent, the better, in favor of spending time together.
Some of the ideas we have come up with are
- Detail the other family’s car (or just give a good shine to either the inside or the outside)
- Provide a seasonal service – plant bulbs in the spring, pull weeds in the summer, rake leaves in the fall, shovel snow in the winter, or put up and/or take down Christmas decorations
- Provide monthly or weekly treats by mail or in person (I often sit at my desk and wish for a dessert delivery service to my neighborhood, seriously)
- Buy a game for the family and play it together
- Get together with the other family on a regular basis to play games or some other activity
- Give a movie night – DVD, microwave popcorn, certificate or $5.00 for pop, etc.
- Give exotic spices to a family that might want to try new flavors
- Make a personalized calendar
- Make a simple scrapbook
- Have members of your family write on strips of paper what they admire, like, or remember most about each of the other family’s members and put them in a jar for them to pull out and read once a week or as many times as you can think of things
- Splurge on some food or item that the other family enjoys but has cut out or cut back on because of the economy (like, oh, let’s say, Dove dark chocolate)
- Make gifts in a jar – cookie mix, soups, etc.
- Showcase your family’s talents by putting together a book of your favorite sayings and kids’ drawings
- Put together a cookbook that includes thoughts and art from all family members
Ideas are only limited by your imagination.
Now for the giveaway
I use it often and get comments from cashiers and grocery packers alike. All of them think it’s great and wish everyone would use these.
So, for anyone who wants to go green – or just get compliments at the grocery store (how often does that happen?) – you can enter by leaving a comment on one of the following posts:
- A comment on this post that includes a new family gift idea
- A comment on a day of your choosing in the 30 Day Husband Encouragement Challenge or the 30 Day Wife Encouragement Challenge (click on the topic in the sidebar and see below for some more guidelines)
- A comment on a post of your choosing, especialy for those among us who are not married
While you are welcome to comment on anything you want, only one entry will be accepted per person. Keep in mind that both husband and wife can enter by each leaving a comment, so now might be the chance to get a Collapsible Market Tote to keep or give away and choose one of the days of the 30 Day Encouragement Challenge that you would like your husband or wife to “surprise” you with.
All comments – one per person – received by
Wednesday, November 26 Friday, December 5, 2008 Friday, December 12 (to coincide with Internet Cafe Holiday Giveaways), are eligible for the giveaway of one Collapsible Market Tote of your choice, assuming the color is available.
Whew, seems like I’ve done all the talking here. Let me warm your coffee and I’ll listen while you tell me what’s going on with you and your family.
Yours for the celebration of life,
Looking for more holiday tradition ideas? Stop by Internet Cafe for their Christmas idea exchange extravangza.