This is the best (and busiest) time of year! Both giving to others and seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child are the greatest ways to feel the Christmas spirit. We always do the Angel Tree at church which is a fun selfless activity for George. This year, we are also going to the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train and I’ve already got my food shelf donation in the trunk. I found some free Christmas sheet music on the ipad and I’ve been playing piano when I can escape the baby in the evenings.
As in previous years I did our Christmas postcard on Vistaprint.
I usually use a Christmas verse or book line as a generic greeting instead of writing on each postcard.
Now that my mom is in an assisted living community, I thought George could walk around and pass out plants to the 50-or-so residents that live there – I called to make sure it was okay and the activities director thought it was a great idea. I called a local garden center and talked to someone about a custom order but after never receiving a call back which pissed me off, so I just ordered plants online from Nature Hills Nursery. Of course I’d rather purchase plants locally and not rely on shipping, but I wasn’t in the mood to beg someone to help me when I was willing to make a large order.
My brother gave me an advent calendar similar to the one we grew up with – unfortunately my mom donated ours (so tragic!)
I’m not sure if my mom had anxiety about needing to move into assisted living or what, but over the years she has gotten rid of special things, and has given away so many of our special toys, memorable clothing and holiday items that it makes me want to cry. I’ve been mad at her for years for giving away a blue dress with ruffles on it I wore as a child and when she gave away our advent calendar I kind of lost my cool. I’d rather be a hoarder than to give away those special holiday tradition items. Which might explain my obsession with holiday traditions.
I really want to make lefse with my kids but so far it is kind of a fail because it is a long process and George wants nothing to do with it.
I bought our annual nativity set on eBay but had to buy the manger separately so it doesn’t fit anyone but Mary, Joseph and Jesus. We had a little porcelain set when I was a kid but it was miniature so it didn’t have as much presence for display as I wanted. Plus, it was chipped and some of the face paint was missing so it’s not really in great shape.
George has fun helping us set up the nativity.
I wrap all of our gifts with the bulk roll of Christmas wrapping paper I bought online for $40. People always rip on me for storing this much wrapping paper but I am not worried about wrapping huge items, or using some of the back of it for drawing paper, and we always wrap the doorway to the downstairs so George has to break through it on Christmas morning.
I am proud of my ream of wrapping paper…
I am making diy supersized stockings for George and Julius because I hate how small regular stockings are and the quilted stockings I wanted to buy were not large enough. The funny part of this project is the fabric pieces I’ve pulled together are either from consignment or clothes that we were going to throw away. The woven part is a sweater I cut up, the plaid part is boxers that were too big for Ross, the red parts are consignment fleece and consignment Christmas fabric, and I have a whole different group of fabrics for Julius’ stocking.
This is George’s quilted stocking coming together!
The best Christmas gift I’ve ever created was this pottery clay footprint of George’s foot two months after he was born. I really want to do the same thing for Julius so we have to get our asses there soon.
This is probably my favorite ornament ever.
My work was giving away this huge silver tinsel wreath so I snatched it up. I don’t really feel comfortable making holes on our front door to hang it but I just prop it up on the shelving downstairs and call it a day.
This wreath is a lot bigger than it looks
Merry Christmas to you….