Did I mention that there is always LOTS of food? Prime Rib, Ham, Shrimp, Rolls, Yams, Salads, and hey, Cheesy Potatoes
One of the kids' favorite traditions takes place at Grandmas house on Christmas Eve....The Money Tree! Yes, I know, money doesn't grow on trees. But apparently at Grandmas house it does. My fabulous mother-in-law continues this tradition that her parents used to do when her kids were young. (It may go back even further, but I don't know.) Either way, the kids LOVE it. And I can't really blame them. Grandpa spends a few days rolling up $1, $2 & $5 bills in tissue paper with the ends of the tissue twisted like a piece of taffy. Then the bills are placed on a small tree (the same one that's been used for umpteen years).
According to age (youngest to oldest) the kids come up and draw from the tree. If they get a $1, they keep drawing til they get a $5. If they get a $5 right off the bat, they are done. This usually takes a while because there are enough $5's for each kid to have one, but there are also a bazillion $1's and $2's. Grandma & Grandpa aren't skimpy with the money tree!
Easiest money a kid ever made!
Grandma's know how to make teenagers smile!