Friday is clean the entire house day as well as cook for my side of the family's Christmas gathering--held at my house on Saturday.
Today I opened my sibling store for holiday shopping. My children like to give handmade gifts to each other (and to Jimmy and me and every single person in our extended family!), but they also like to give each other store bought gifts. A few years ago I switched from taking them to the store to secretly buy for each other, to buying all of the gifts for them to give each other myself. Here's how it works:
1. I make a list of things that each child needs or wants that is useful.
2. I choose four items off each child's list to be displayed in the "Sibling Store".
3. I charge each child a small amount of money to shop in the store. Of course, the gifts cost more than I charge, but the point is for them to spend their own hard-earned money on each other. I usually charge the older children $10 each, and Leah and Sam $1 or $2. This amount covers all four gifts.
4. They take turns shopping for each other and then we wrap the gifts.
The children are so excited to see their siblings open the gifts that they give them--both the handmade ones as well as the store bought ones.