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Every December, my kids and I have a Christmas cookie decorating and crafting day at my grandma’s house.

She cuts sugar cookies into every festive shape and size, buys allllllll the sprinkles and decorating icings, and lets the kids go to town. There are overflowing mugs of hot cocoa (with extra whipped cream, of course), endless treats, and Christmas music playing in the background.

It’s a day we look forward to every single year—and it’s made all the more special because every second of it is filled with Grandma’s love and care.

Here’s the thing. Moms are the magic-makers of the holiday season, sure. 

But if we’re reallllllly being honest here, we owe so much credit to the original magic makers—the grandmas. 

They’re the ones who taught us everything we know. 

They’re the ones who buy cozy Christmas pajamas for our littles each year. 

They’re the ones who watch with pure adoration while their grandkids haphazardly decorate the lowest branches of their Christmas trees and sing the wrong words to their favorite carols.

They’re the ones who plan fun entertainment like gingerbread house decorating and gift exchanges when we parents are up to our eyeballs in holiday activities and can’t possibly be responsible for planning another one. more. thing.

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And sometimes, they’re the masterminds of the absolute coolest traditions we wish we had gotten to experience as kids . . . and now our own littles are lucky enough to.

One grandma named Shawna Malone went way above and beyond for her grandkids and posted the results in a Facebook group called “The Magical Holidays of Christmas.” We think it’s just about the coolest thing we’ve ever seen! Check it out for yourself: 

 

A CHRISTMAS TEEPEE. (Yes—I might be shouting just a little bit because it’s that dang cool.)

I mean, if that isn’t a leveled-up Christmas tree game, I don’t know what is. I’ll be storing this one away on my list of things to do someday.

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Can you imagine the cozy afternoons her grandkids will spend inside reading Christmas books and dunking sugar cookies in hot cocoa?

This is the stuff childhood memories are made of.

To all of the grandmas out there who make our kids’ holidays (and let’s be real, our holidays) so much more special, thank you.

You bring more magic and love to all of our lives than we can ever explain, and we can only hope to do the same for our grandbabies one day! 

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Casey Huff

Casey is a middle school teacher turned stay-at-home-mama to three littles. It's her mission as a writer to shine light on the beauty and chaos of life through the lenses of motherhood, marriage, and mental health. To read more, go hang out with Casey at: Facebook: Bouncing Forward Instagram: @bouncing_forward

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