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Making Gift Bags to Replace Gift Wrapping

By , December 30, 2018

Last Christmas, Michelle surprised us all with gifts presented in a unique, lovely, and environmentally responsible way: she made reusable cloth gift bags for many presents.

This Christmas season, we did it again, expanding our selection and use. It’s time to share this with everyone, especially considering articles just out this season, like this one: It’s Officially Time To Ban Gift-Wrapping Paper.

homemade Christmas gift bags

Homemade gift bags surround Aly’s overflowing Christmas stocking, among paper wrapped gifts last year (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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How to Make Time for Your Children During the Holiday Rush (Part 2)

By , December 3, 2017

This concludes this essay on making time for children during the holiday rush. For the first part, go here. We pick up with checking with your children to see what they hope for and expect from the season:

If you haven’t already done so, consult the children. Talk to them about their hopes for the season.

If at first all they talk about is the gifts they want, hear them out, then ask them specific questions about the holiday. Ask questions like, “What does Christmas look like? What does it sound like? What does it smell like?” Are there any special treats they hope for? Enlist their help in creating them this year. In every activity, search for ways to involve your child. Adjust your list accordingly.

Zeiger Children on Christmas Eve

(L-R): David, Beth, and Mark Zeiger on Christmas Eve, Sitka, Alaska 1969 or 1970 (Photo: Gail Woodland).

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