gearing up

gift bags for hanukkahHanukkah is very early this year, starting the night before Thanksgiving, just two weeks away – eek! Today I have two ideas to share for those of you gearing up for a flurry of gifting. First, to save on wrapping (and time) each of my kids has a gift bag that we reuse nightly. It has become their Hanukkah bag year after year, a friend for the season.  Secondly, select a theme for each night.  Now an annual and much beloved tradition in our family, our kids eagerly anticipate the announcement of the themes. (For those of you that were reading last year at this time, you’ll remember that I shared the idea of creating a theme for each night of hanukkah.)

When the kids were small, we started with basic, descriptive themes (e.g. Books, Music, DVDs, Games, Puzzles, Socks). Now the themes have evolved: “Create”– art supplies, crafts, legos; “Think”– puzzles, brain teasers, 3D puzzles; “Play”–a session at a batting cage, a round of golf at the local 9 hole course, a board game; “Share”– make a small donation to a charity of their choice, “Design a Day”– where ever and with whomever they choose (within reason, of course).  As the kids have grown, the themes and gifts within them have become more abstract. I share this again, because in our very planned, often prescribed and busy schedules, taking some time to put a creative twist on something–here, our holiday traditions–is so much fun and makes them more uniquely ours.-n

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