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Carve Out Some Adult Craft Time

December 2, 2014
By Donna Erickson - Prime Time With Kids , OVParent

It's the sweet scent of pine, the taste of hot chocolate dashed with cinnamon, and the secure feeling of being around family and friends that are the ingredients of childhood holiday memories that the four Peterson sisters captured at their recent semiannual get-together at 35-year-old Bekki's house. Raised in Glenview, Ill., they recall the fun of gathering for the traditional "December Family Night" at their church to make beautiful Christmas wreaths.

Their mom, Evonne, who passed away 14 years ago and would have celebrated her birthday on the day they gathered, "would love that they chose to make wreaths as a nod to their past, this time using pinecones from a friend's yard, and recycled odds and ends sourced from stored holiday decoration boxes," said 43-year-old Sonja.

"And there's no doubt she would be pleased that we continue to get together. We rely on each other and support one another more since we lost her," added 38-year-old Christi.

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And they do just that. No kids, no spouses, no cellphones. "We usually do something when we meet," says 45-year-old Sara. "It might be making gifts for friends and decorations for our homes, or trying out a new recipe together. It's in the doing that we let loose and candidly share what's up in our lives, reminisce and, for sure, we always laugh. A lot."

Connecting as adults with friends or siblings around an activity is a relaxing antidote to the busyness of the holiday season. Pick an afternoon or evening out of your schedule and organize a time to stir up a new or traditional recipe, enjoy a nature outing/sport, or discover your creative side with an easy-to-make modern "Peterson-sister-style" pinecone wreath you can make in an hour.

- Donna Erickson's award-winning series "Donna's Day" airs on public television nationwide. Her latest book is "Donna Erickson's Fabulous Funstuff for Families."



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