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One of the neatest traditions my kids and their cousins have with their Mimi is the gum tree. For every major holiday, she decks out a tree (a non-chewing gum gum tree) with hanging bags of gum for all the kids. (Ps- There are 16 grandkids.)
The little ones go first and get hoisted up on shoulders of dads and uncles to grab their gum before the older kids scale the tree itself. Despite the rush to grab bags, there is always enough for everyone. Bubble gum is a favorite, but we sometimes we try mint or sugar free—the kids are not particular as long as they get a chance to pluck their gum like fruit from the tree.
This Thanksgiving we missed out on the gum tree, but the boys and I decided to gear up for Christmas and try a new method of hanging using several mint flavors of Extra sugar free gum: Polar Ice, Spearamint, and Peppermint. My idea was to create something reminiscent of Christmas balls. Each one is made with two packages of gum, taped together at the seams, and filled with gum. Mimi made pretty ribbons to hang them with a big of curl, bringing in that Christmas idea even more. They were so pretty!
My boys loved it and I know when we get the entire family (did I mention there are 16 grandchildren??) together, it will be a big hit as well. Gum for everyone, and in fun little “ornaments” made from the Extra packages.
We all know that gum makes good stocking stuffers, but have you ever tried decking a gum tree?