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  1. Grammy Teacher

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    yay! I love Christmas! What do you all want for Christmas? My kids keep asking! So far they know I love Nutcrackers and that I want to start Painting! Anyone else care to tell? How do you all do the gift giving? Some families draw names... :)
     
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    I'm so excited about Christmas this year too! I don't know what it is, but I've been listening to Christmas music for two weeks now. Grammy, I love Nutcrackers too. I received a really neat gift last year that looked like a Nutcracker, but the Stomach opened up and you could see a scene from the Nutcracker. It played music. This year I am going for the first time to see a live performance of the Nutcracker. I can't wait!!!
     
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    This is the first year my family is drawing names. As we all get older it is much more difficult to find the "perfect" gift. We are trying to draw away from the commercialism of Christmas and get back to the real meaning.
     
  5. Grammy Teacher

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    countrygal...Now I want to see the Nutcracker with you! ha...enjoy!
    Margo...I like your idea...there is so much junk in the stores, it is better to stay out of them! I like the idea of shopping online and may do a bit of that yet.
     
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    I'm going to make some simple gifts for my family and close friends. I've found really neat little gifts for my class at the Dollar Tree. Seeing as I'm planning a wedding, I can't afford to do much. Then again, I've always enjoyed getting neat homemade stuff a lot better than some expensive gizmo or nicknack that would just be something else for me to have to dust. I LOVE CHRISTMAS! I've already been playing Christmas music, too. I'm ready to start decorating, too! My class is making ornaments next week. As one student said, "It's never too early or too late to celebrate Christmas." AMEN!!! :)
     
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    I shop on line almost every year. I hate the crowds and the lines. Especially if you are just buying one little thing and the line wraps around the store. Ridiculous. Online shopping with a cup of hot chocolate in my bunny slippers.... that's is my kind of shopping. :p
     
  8. Grammy Teacher

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    Margo, do you shop Amazon?
     
  9. love2teach

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    scholastic has great book offers for the kiddies this year....they are able to get a free book pick , they are .95 cents so i used my bouns points and got one for each student! Easy and it will encourage them to read, read, read!!
     
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    Grammy, all the time. That is my online shopping mall of choice.
     
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    Amazon and Ebay and Half.com RULE! I hate crowded malls and stores, so I do almost all of my holiday shopping online. Target even has free shipping right now!
     
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    One site that I found quite useful for Christmas gifts is www.clevermoms.com They list stores and lots of promotions. I did very well last year by using this site. Also, I used my bonus points from Scholastic and got books for my third graders. Along with a book each student will get "Snowman Soup". I was able to purchase 25 Christmas mugs at my church's rummage sale for practically nothing. Each mug is filled with two packages of hot chocolate, 2 mini candy canes, and a baggie of mini marshmellows. I place the mug and book inside a Christmas bag. (30 for $1.00 at the Dollar Store) I attach the following poem to the mug...Snowman Soup
    Was told you've been real good this year
    Always glad to hear it
    With freezing weather drawing near
    You'll need to warm the spirit:
    So here's a little Snowman Soup
    Complete with stirring stick
    Add hot water and sip it slow
    It's sure to do the trick!
     
  13. Grammy Teacher

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    Thanks for the ideas!

    That is so cute I might use it for my family's Christmas stockings! You really got lucky with the cups for your class. That was a good find! I am doing small chalkboards (they are really quite small), but for 4 year olds they will be just fine . ;)
     
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    I got free Scholastic books for my college students. I buy those holiday bags at Dollar Tree too; it's just the greatest store ever for classroom things. I'll wrap the books, and put a little loaf of homemade bread in the bags. When I was a kid, a gift from my teacher was just the coolest thing ever. I know students aren't that way any more, but I still like to give small gifts to my students on holidays. Of course, another cool thing about a college class is that we all eat and drink cokes right through the lessons! And chew gum! And go to the restroom whenever we need to! And there's no disciplining! I miss the middle school age a lot, but there are definite advantages to teaching college classes. We're having doughnuts this week, for Thanksgiving. I expect to see some sticky glazy essays. . . . AND I DON'T CARE!!! Haha, it's great. (Dollar Tree also usually has those cute ornaments that break into halves, so you can put a little gift in it and hang it on your classroom tree, for each student.)
     
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    College age kids are my favorite age...much more so than the mixed up middle school kids. Yea, thank goodness for the Dollar Stores!
    This Thanksgiving I am giving everyone in my family a stocking to decorate and I will hang them up for when they come back at Christmas. I can't wait to see the grumpy stone faced old folks decorating theirs! Should be fun. I am so excited about Christmas...even though I do all the cooking for both Thanksgiving and Christmas...I have a little wine on hand to make it all go better!
     
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    I love it, love it, love it when my house is full-to-bursting with people! What's a holiday without people sleeping all over the floors?

    I love to cook and bake and it's no fun without a houseful to eat it all up! I mean, look at me!! Do I NEED to be eating this stuff myself? I thought not.

    We play all sorts of Christmas word games, too. (My students are usually way sharper than my family; even when I taught middle school! Tee hee, that's a secret. . . .)

    I'm glad I have a file full of holiday word games.
     
  17. Grammy Teacher

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    I love all the people piling into the house ... it is SUCH a huge commotion, everyone talking at once...dogs barking, cats hissing and running, food flying all over , and this year we have a grand baby to spoil!!! I spent this evening dragging furniture around, putting away alot of things to make way for the Christmas decorations...I still have miles to go!This is a huge deal for me!!!
     
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    wow can i go to your house for christmas .. haha
    my mom always goes over board she makes the tree so prefect and decorates the house so christmasesy and the house smells so good. but every year my mom get so upset after its all over. she wines about how everybody leaves early and nobody plays games together. She feel like she did all of this work and get a huge let down. i feel bad because i know i
    leave early. But it all happens so fast. eat , open presents and clean up.
    she so busy doing all of this and doesnt sit back to just enjoy the time.
    i wish i could help her get over the whole expectation of christmas .
     
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    This year I'm doing something different for Christmas. Over the past few years, my extended family has started to move apart. All the kids (that's me) have grown up and gotten families of their own. People are working in lots of different areas. Things are just different. I hate it. I know things won't stay the same forever, but I really miss just getting together on Saturday nights and singing songs to the guitar and playing Rook.

    In order to help keep my family closer, at least in spirit, I went to the Dollar Store and bought all my aunts, cousins, uncles, parents, grandparents, and siblings a calendar. I then went through and labeled everybody's birthday and anniversaries. Then I put a birthday card on their birth month in advance. I'm going to give these out at Christmas. I hope everyone will like them. (I got this idea from a website, but I can't remember which one.)
     
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    check out www.jpshrine.org for the words to his song "Silent Night, All Day Long" I taught it to our choir last Christmas. Children loved it, as did parents, teachers and visitors. People kept asking me where I got it. They hadn't heard of John Prine (I'm a huge fan). Its a simple 3 verse, 3 chord waltz time song. Worth hearing, if you're sentimental about Christmas, as I am.
     
  21. Grammy Teacher

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    All right everybody...I am making the 15# turkey on Saturday. I am going to thaw it in the frig.
    When should I do that?
     
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    I used to hate Christmas because there was an alchoholic in the house as I grew up.
    Once I saw the Christian side of the holiday, everything changed.
    My husband and I disagree every year on how many presents these kids need!
     
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    I love Christmas but since my birthday is in December I feel as though I get overlooked and people are so busy after Thanksgiving!!
    I have a large extended family but only celebrate holiday's with my mom, aunt, uncle, cousins and a few friends. We keep it simple and fun. My favorite day is Christmas Eve.
     
  24. Grammy Teacher

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    I also grew up in an "alcoholic" household. We had to leave the house most years...Then...for around 10 years after getting married, my husband and I joined a religion that didn't celebrate Christmas and all the other holidays.
    I am so glad to be out of that now and I can't tell you how much I love this Christmas season!
     
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    Like prissypants my cousins used to a calendar. One person was in charge and would collect 12 pictures from throughout the year and then take it to a Staples and turn it into a calendar. All the birthday's, anniversaries, graduations were added so everyone knew!
     
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    AMK, My b-day is 4 days before xmas, so I know how you feel. I have a boy in my class who was born on Christmas. My mom brought me home from the hospital on xmas day, so I love to remind her (constantly, and especially when I want something) that I was the best Christmas present she ever got....hahaha!!!
     
  27. Grammy Teacher

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    I have a question for those who were born near Christmas. What types of gifts do you like to recieve? Do you prefer they have nothing to do with Christmas? My friends birthday is Dec. 12 and I always try to get her something personal and use "birthday wrap", not Christmas wrap.
     
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    My birthday is December 3rd which is right after Thanksgiving and during Christmas. It was hard as a child/teenager b/c my family would give me one big present for both Christmas and my birthday. I felt like I got short changed b/c no one else had to share their bday with a holiday. My mom wished I was born another month so she didn't have to worry about my bday and Christmas presents. My mom always made sure my present was wrapped in birthday paper and didn't have anything to do w/ Christmas :)
     
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    My husband's grandma's birthday is Dec. 28, and when we gave birthday gifts she got separate gifts.
    The birthday gift was always smaller.
     
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    Now it doesn't bother me about my presents I just like being with my family and friends.
     
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    i have an issue.

    every year my husbands family has a huge family party. the party is in montreal. we live in kingston. which is 4 hours away. its not the driving in the snowy weather that get me pissed off but my extended family has no younge children under 12 years old . i have a 3 year old. and the party is in this really creepy warehouse and the party starts at 9 oclock.
    Well my son goes to bed then. but my husband wants to go( do ask me why) because everyone gets to see our son. Well if they want to see my son then why cant we visit at normal hours of the day.
    and another thing my husband and inlaws are french. and do you think i understand anything? nope nothing. so when theres something going on bad or good i no nothing . i think my inlaws like that. less input done by me.
     
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    For me, I like to keep my birthday (January 3) separate from Christmas. Each holiday deserves to be treated individually. I prefer for people to NOT use Christmas paper or buy me Christmas things for my birthday...but...I am appreciative of anything I get, regardless of what it is. The great thing about it being after Christmas is that there are some great sales out there right in time!! :D

    The thing I REALLY would prefer to avoid is the "combination" gift - you know, Christmas and birthday combined. When people do that, I receive the gift on Christmas and then I feel like my b'day goes unnoticed. :(
     
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    Hometeacher...is it possible for you to take your little son to the party just until 10:00 and then go to wherever you are staying and go to bed? Children should always come first. Sometimes you have to stand up and do what is best for the children...no matter what the relatives think.
     
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    i think so too. My husband is so not in agreement with me. sometimes he forgets how the party really goes down. late at night , booze and loud music. i suggested going 2 days earlier and visiting grandma and other relatives at lunch or their houses. the whole reason for going is to see each other and talk.
     
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    Hometeacher, could you maybe do a morning after get together? Host a brunch the morning after the family party. That way everyone gets to visit in a better environment, and the time is better for your son. Also, learn one awesome phrase in French...just to blow them away! :D
     
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    i would love to learn some french. for me and my students.
    is any one french and english bilingual?
     
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    Grammy Teacher,
    Guess what? My dad took me for a surprise Christmas present to see... get ready.. THE NUTCRACKER! It was the first time for me to see it! I didn't think I was going to get to go because of work, school, exams, etc...,but he took me to one! WOW! I think I love the Nutcracker even more. It was great! Well, I just thought I would tell you since you mentioned you love nutcrackers too! Merry Christmas!
     
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    Countrygal

    :D I want to see the Nutcracker! You are so lucky...I'm glad you got to go but next time take me!
     
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    Grammy- I don't think anyone answered your turkey question- Defrost one day per 4 pounds of turkey. Defrost in the fridge. So your 15 pounder should take 4 days. If you want to cook on Saturday, take out of freezer and put into fridge Tuesday morning!! ;)
     
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    Czcza, That is so funny that you anwered the turkey question! That is exactly what I did for Thanksgiving and it was just perfect! Thanks...and Merry Christmas!
     

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