The night before Thanksgiving my five year old daughter, Lila, said to me, “I have a good idea.  Why don’t we all make paper presents for each other tomorrow?”  I told her that was a great idea and kissed her goodnight.  I thought that would be the end of it.

In the morning she got up early and went downstairs.  She put together four “kits”.  Each kit had a pair of scissors, a small pile of paper, markers or crayons, and tape.  When we were all downstairs she gave a kit each to me, my husband, her brother Sawyer, and herself.  She put us each in a different room and told us to make our presents.

For the next hour or so, all you could hear was paper rustling and paper cutting.  Even four year old Sawyer was completely engrossed in creating the perfect paper present for each member of our family.  When we were done, Lila lined up 4 gift bags on the kitchen floor.  Each bag was labeled with a member of the family.  We all put our gifts in the appropriate bag.  Afterwards, we each had our own bag with 3 presents made by our other family members.

The kids were excited all day.  We opened our bags before we sat down to our Thanksgiving meal.  What a great way to begin our celebration!  There was paper bacon, stuffed paper Lila, paper flowers, paper ornaments, a family portrait, a paper boat, a stuffed paper dump truck and more.  I had a lot to be thankful for.

I will continue to give paper presents at Christmas.  At Christmas, I enjoy picking out books for everyone on my list.  Not quite as creative as making a stuffed paper dump truck, but I do put a lot of thought into it.

We have tried to fill the bookstore with interesting and fun books this holiday season.  We also have some wonderful Christmas cards.  Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is here to help and we always offer free gift wrapping.  We appreciate all of your support and hope you have a great holiday!

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