Ask the De­signer

Deck­ing the Halls

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - In The Issue -

Dear Sandy,

You seem to be able to solve so many dec­o­rat­ing and en­ter­tain­ing prob­lems, and boy do I need some help!

My two sons and their fam­i­lies are com­ing for Christ­mas this year and while I am over­joyed, I am also over­whelmed with so much to do and so much plan­ning. It is hard enough to just have the house ready and dec­o­rated but the menu plan­ning and ac­tiv­ity sched­ules are making me crazy.

I will have three grand­chil­dren rang­ing in age from 3 to 10. Please give me some ideas of what I can do to get my grand­kids in­volved and cre­ate last­ing fam­ily mem­o­ries for all of us.

S.A.

Dear S.A.,

I am so happy for you that your sons and their fam­i­lies will be with you to cel­e­brate Christ­mas. I also have two sons that bring their beau­ti­ful fam­i­lies and it is a price­less time for all.

First, why not cre­ate an or­na­ment de­sign party for the kids? Have pretty ornaments that are solid colors and let the kids do the dec­o­rat­ing on them. They can hang some on the tree and some can be used as place cards and be a fa­vor. Have them ini­tial and date them.

Be­fore they come over, print out the lyrics to fa­vorite hol­i­day songs and have a prac­tice time for the whole fam­ily then pick a time to go carol­ing in the neigh­bor­hood. Have some hot chocolate and cook­ies for your re­turn home and share the joy of your time to­gether.

Pho­tos are a must, and we are blessed to live in a very beau­ti­ful town that has so many back­drops for pho­tos. Take a car­riage ride, go to our land­marks that are filled with mag­i­cal lights like the Christ­mas tree dis­play and don't forget Gar­van Wood­land Gar­dens. It is sim­ply spec­tac­u­lar and they have hot chocolate for ev­ery­one. I think that set­ting aside time that is quiet and not so planned is an im­por­tant part of the visit. Find time to sim­ply talk and get to really know each other. Th­ese vis­its are few and far be­tween so you want to bond as much as pos­si­ble.

Pho­tog­ra­phy by Mara Kuhn

Sandy Sut­ton

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