Family tradition around the holidays often start at Thanksgiving. In most family the men are gathering around the TV watching football, while to ladies are preparing the meal or spending time with the children.  In my family, Thanksgiving was at grandma’s and she always had a treat for the kids. Making Thanksgiving about family, she would have games for the kids outside, and crafts inside. I remember us making all kinds of crafting projects. Some have become keepsakes.

Making Thanksgiving about Family

I thought I would give you a few ideas of things you can make with your children or grandchildren.  In most cases all you need is paper, adhesives and scissors. Maybe a trimmer. 

I have watched  my children and now children hands, feet and talent grow. 

We knew Grandma had something up her sleeve, when she started tracing our hands. The ones that are old enough and cut out the tracing, while an adult can cut the younger ones. Often plain card stock is all you need, but this is a good time to use up some of your designer series scraps. 

This one became a Christmas tree, simple by adding the light bulbs to the fingers. I used the light bulbs from the Making Christmas Bright stamp set and punch. You can purchase this bundle when you click here It would also be easy to make this one into an ornament or a card. By cutting on the fold, you can open the inside to add a Christmas message. 

Next, I took strips of paper an created a chain. I made this one into a snowman, but it can easily be made into  a reindeer, Santa Claus or an elf. I have even put them on the Christmas tree. Fun how excited the kids got when they saw their projects on the tree. 

I remember mother made our chains into an Advent Calendar several years. Every morning we would  tear off the bottom link, until finally it was Christmas morning. One year my brother cheat and tore off two, in hopes Christmas would come sooner. He got caught when I was suppose to tear off the even days and he was tearing off the odd. Funny but that was the year he learn about even and odd numbers. Making Thanksgiving about family often turned into great lessons.

 

Making Thanksgiving about Family

Recently I went to Disney land with two of my grandchildren, Kyle and Alyse. The trip was part of an early Christmas present and a chance for me to attend Stampin’ Up OnStage convention. It was there that I remembered how important it is to print our pictures. Keeping them in the cloud, just keeps them available for me to enjoy. I want my grandchildren to look at albums the way I did as a child. So I am going to be scrapbooking a lot over the holidays. For me scrapbooking, is keeping memories alive, and in front of our thoughts. It’s about making Thanksgiving about family and keeping life memories open in my home. 

I want to be your Stampin’ Up demonstrator. To help you make family memories, cards for your love ones to hold on to, and crafts to sit around your home and admire. The most precious gives will come back to you when you share your love for crafts with others. 

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Happy Scrappin and Yappin! And have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Elaine

 

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