Each year the children want to draw names and get each other gifts. I usually take them to a dollar store and let them pick out whatever they would like for each other. This year, I put a spin on the name draw. Each child drew a name, and then had to make something for the person they drew. They could give me a list of supplies that they needed. This was a HUGE hit. They wanted to open the gifts on CHRISTmas eve. Even though it was getting late we let them open the gifts. Each person was so thrilled with what they got, and there were even some hugs given and a lot of thank yous. Here is a run down.
To Kyler from Mackenzie - a wooden plaque with Kyler Erwin wood burned into it.
To Cade from Carter - a coloring book of farm animals and tractors printed off the Internet.
To Addelynn from Quincy - a coloring book of her favorite characters and 7 cookies, he made that morning. She looked at this coloring book and was so excited to see her favorites on paper, she has already colored in it.
To Quincy from Cade - a white t-shirt, with the sleeves, neck, and waist sewn together and stuffed with poly-fill. The name of a disliked WWE guy on it - this has been fought many times already.
To Cael from Reegan- the same the Quincy got but with a different name, the boys have been loving to fight these.
To Reegan from Cael- Cael took a wooden plaque, and did some finger painting with bright colors and wrote some words on it for Reegan, she hugged him after getting it.
To Carter from Addelynn - a photo in a frame of a run he had in football. This photo was in our local paper, and I was able to get a copy from the paper. Took the frame and put his name on it and Lisbon Football, he thought this was so cool. The frame came from my mother in law. I even put the LL for Lisbon Lions in the corner.
To Mackenzie from Kyler - the same as Carter but with a photo of Mackenzie with some of her best friends all dressed up and with make-up for Little Women. Also put Little Women on the frame and added a logo of Little Women in the corner.
I am really hoping to keep this as a tradition. The children really thought about what they could do for each other, and got really excited to make these.
They also made something for Dean and I. Dean got a wood burned sign that reads Go Cubs Go. I got a painted rock with the word Mom on it.