- Wrapping Times: during naps or after the kids go to bed. I usually wrap for 30-60 minutes at a time, so it doesn't get overwhelming.
- Wrapping Station: dining room table (I leave a station with wrapping paper rolls, tape, scissors, and gift tags)
- Wrapping Environment: Christmas movies or Christmas music. My parents have Direct TV, so we've been enjoying the plethora of new and classic Christmas movies.
- Gift Tags: when I'm feeling creative, I recycle old Christmas cards into gift tags. This year, I've been spoiled by my mom's gift tag stickers. It's a little thing - but they seem to save so much time!!
- Gift Boxes: save them year to year, so you have plenty on hand.
- Recycling fun: my kids are having a good time pretending that the empty wrapping paper rolls are light sabers. Instant (and free!) Star Wars fun!
- Wrapping Help: Everything is better when shared with a friend! If you can wrap with your DH, a parent, or a friend, you get to share stories and build relationships while wrapping. It's a great perk!
God our Father
God our Father
We bow our heads to thank you
Bow our heads to thank you
We love this blessing, and we've recently adapted it to involve younger children and guests. Instead of everyone singing each phrase twice, we sing it as an 'echo prayer'. One child leads the song, starting with the first phrase, "God our Father". The rest of the table echoes. Then the leader leads the second phrase , "once again", before waiting for the table to echo. And so forth, until the whole blessing is sung.
It's an easy way to remind our children (and ourselves) to give thanks to our Provider and Sustainer throughout the day.