I've always enjoyed our kids living at home but I also remember when I was so anxious to move out of my home and start my life. Independence is a wonderful thing but extremely difficult to achieve these days. My mother helped us out more then once - actually many, many times. So our role now is to be there for our kids when they need us.
Hubby and I were fortunate that my grandmother married for a third time and had moved out of her house when we were in search of our first home. She rented it to us for a nominal fee. Hubby was still in college and I had just gotten my first teaching position for $6,000 a year. We lived on meatloaf and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
I remember our first Christmas well. My grandmother's house was big, old and beautiful. She rented the upstairs to another woman but we had access to the third floor attic. What a cool place. The ceilings were at least 8 ft. high downstairs where we lived. That year we bought the largest Christmas tree but had no decorations for it. So me being me blew our budget the first pay of that December. I went out and bought a ton of decorations. The tree was beautiful but there was no money left for gifts or for that matter food. We were extremely happy that so many of our relatives and friends invited us over for dinners and that I had been doing ceramics for the past year.
With the holidays coming and all three kids facing the same dilemma as we did all those years ago, I'll have focused on some holiday gifts I can give them to help out. Last year I designed some glass cutting boards that were really neat along with holiday coasters. I just went to that site and found the cutting boards are out of stock. Guess I'll have to go with the coasters.
I also like the ornaments that you can make at Zazzle but I like my holiday ornaments the best. They are flat but really a nice unique touch to decorating for the holidays.
Baseball Christmas Ornament by FCM_Christmas