We have decided that this year will be exclusively a Handmade Holiday.
First of all, let me say, I know that it's still October. Halloween has yet to be celebrated. Yes, we still have the whole of November and Thanksgiving. But, for all of you out there that make things with your hands you understand right? It takes time to make things. It takes hours of thinking to come up with just the right thing to make for that special person. Any planning ahead means less late nights and cramping of fingers to finish what you wish you had started in July anyway. So...
I've seen this idea throughout blog land. Others have been doing this...always. As a child my mom was big on making gifts for my brothers and I and having us be creative as well. And, with my own little family we have always crafted a lot for christmas but not everything. Inspired by our storeroom and our desire to see no more stuff enter the home we have decided on this adventure.
1. Gifts will be handmade. All items will be created from what we have on hand, creatively used to make something else (i.e. yarn into a sweater). Or re-purposed. Or using some of our skills of sewing, knitting, needlepoint, woodworking, nature collecting, drawing, or anything that sounds fun to create these gifts.
2. Gifts can also fall under the consumable category. This can include tickets to an event. A well thought out gift certificate. Something that may bring a memory but not more stuff into the house.
3. Since we have children ranging from an 11 year old to a 3 month old we needed to make this a bit easier for them. So, we drew names so that we all have one person to make a gift for. This way they can have fun crafting for one instead of five others. This was quite exciting for our children to start thinking about.
Now, because the big daddy and I have two little ones needing help we each took one and will help them with what they want to do. But, the smiles on the two older ones faces were beautiful. They both have told me a few things they will need but are not telling me anything else. They are thinking, planning and being creative which is exactly what we wanted.
4. The big daddy and I will decide on a special something for each of the children and then give them that as well. Maybe Santa will visit and bring a gift and a few things in the stockings but even the big guy will need to have his gifts handmade or consumable. I'm drafting that letter to him as we speak.
So that's it. Another adventure. I look forward to seeing how it turns out.
My thought is to share some glimpses, ideas, and thoughts as the season approaches with all of you. Letting you know how we are doing and whether I will ever finish the big daddy's sweater in time.
Now, I'm off to knit, sew and create a few things myself. Happy creating.
What are your plans for the holidays?