It’s just a few short weeks before Christmas!
Aren’t you glad I reminded you?
Christmas in our house traditionally involves a few things.
First and foremost, we try and take every opportunity we can to point to the Reason for the Season. Of course, we believe that every day should be a commitment to a life honoring Christ.
One of our favorite activities during the Christmas season is watching Christmas movies. I stock up on hot chocolate and buttery popcorn and we binge watch as many Christmas movies as we can. And it’s not Christmas unless I make up a few of our favorite treats like snowball cookies, Christmas Fudge and the best ever Peanut Brittle you will ever eat.
A huge part of our Christmas tradition always involves giving. My mom started the tradition of having us kids craft a Christmas gift for family members, neighbors or each other. I recognize now that we were poorer than Job’s turkey and our homemade gifts were part sentiment and part necessity.
I still like making handmade gifts. Before I share my round-up of cute and creative gifts you can make with your kids, I want to show you a few pics of our simple Christmas offerings from my childhood. I inherited these when my Grandmother passed away.
One year we made placemats for my Grandma. Mom used scraps of old shirts (do you recognize the men’s oxfords?) and sheets. We made scenes from every season and she whipped them up on her sewing machine. This is the winter scene.
And here is the summer scene.
Now I can’t for the life of me remember what the particular type of paint was that we used (somebody help me!), but these hand-painted napkins are some of my favorites ever. I obviously had prolific artistic skills back in 197….something.
So I’ve wandered the internet up and down looking for a few special crafts (or 25) that you can make with your kiddos this Christmas season. Make them for siblings, grandparents, neighbors, aunts, uncles, Sunday School teachers, crazy blogging friends….
Gifts to make that one can hang on a tree or stick on a package. Packages or trees not included…
6. Origami Star
Gifts one can make from fabric, fleece and all the scrappy stuff.
13. Felt Cup Cozy
14. Dishtowel Apron
Crafts using rocks, beads, clay and extra bits and pieces you might have lying around the house.
19. Beaded Bookmark
21. Bound Book
22. Key Wind Chime
23. Making Jewelry
The Gift to give all your snowman friends (and snowman loving friends)
Rebekah Teague is the homeschooling mama to one busy and beautiful boy. She is married to The Muffin who is a pastor and a really great guy. In her spare time she can be found with a book and a cup of tea. She blogs at There Will Be A $5 Charge For Whining.