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Creative ways to give the family Christmas presents (1910)

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The family’s Christmas presents

You have probably made the selection of gifts for the family, but the question now clamoring for an answer is, in what way shall they be distributed to make the gift-giving an enjoyable event of the day?

There is the gathering around a Christmas tree, tiny if you wish, upon which gifts are hung. The father of the family should present them with appropriate speeches. The baby might be dressed as a special messenger to give the packages to each member of the family circle.

Some families reserve the distribution of gifts until mealtime. If this is your idea, there are some suggestions below that are easily carried out, and that will answer any cry for the unusual.

On a wire frame, bent in the form of a star, stretch a piece of muslin and allow a slit in the upper surface. Place all little gifts in it, each one on a red or green ribbon, and print the name of the owner on the end. Draw it out to each plate and have the gifts taken “gently and in order” from the star. This last admonition is necessary if a tangled mass of gifts be not your aim.

This little ceremony may be kept for the family’s very best gifts — the silver watch for brother, the gold piece for grandma, and the ring for sister.

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Instead of a Christmas tree on the table

If you do not wish a real tree on the table, why not make a stand of cardboard? Draw on green cardboard four pine trees, connected at the bottom by a two-inch band. Bend this between each two trees and fasten the ends together by clamps or with cardboard.

Let this be a green covering for the gifts inside. The huge muslin Santa Claus bag is another holder for the family’s presents. Make it with a large opening on a drawstring. Then, cut out from glazed paper (costing 8 cents a sheet) immense holly leaves, and paste them on the bag. If one of the family can dress as Santa, enter with the pack and leave it for the family — the enjoyment for children will be doubled.

Just another suggestion for holding the family’s presents. If you can get bark from a woodpile, make use of it in improvising a yule log. Fasten strips of bark upon a long pasteboard box, completely covering the sides. The ends are open. Gifts can be placed inside and drawn out from each end by means of ribbons. Mistletoe, holly or pine boughs add a seasonable touch to the log.

The method of giving the gift is just as important as the present itself. Why not do something different this year? Surely it is worthwhile!

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