Gingerbread house

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Tip 5: Give Homemade Gifts
Have an old-fashioned sort of holiday. Make decorations from instructions on craft websites, bake cookies or dip pretzels or fruit in chocolate sauce. Try recipes for gingerbread houses that kids of all ages can enjoy making and eating.

You can make homemade gifts too. Our neighbor made a tree house for his kids for Christmas using wood that his buddy had left over from a project. His kids took pictures of it and loved this gift more than any expensive gadget. What they valued was the time with Dad, the memory of working together as a team and developing something from scratch. Whenever you make something with your kids, whether a tree house or cookies, the team effort and the time spent together tells your children that they are cherished.
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