Friday, September 18, 2009

Are you having a handmade Christmas?

Yes, it's time to think about Christmas again. It seems like it was only 5 minutes ago it was Spring here in Montana. The summer has flown by like a pigeon on a mission. Already leaves are turning yellow and starting to fall. Thanksgiving is literally around the corner. So much to do and so little time. EeeeeeeeeK!!

This year I have decided to create handmade Christmas presents for everyone, including Loki. Over the next few weeks I will be busy beading and sewing presents according to the individual likes of my relatives and friends.

Many years ago, before I was a twinkle in my Dad's eye, people used to make gifts for each other, so this is no new idea by a long chalk. Handmade dolls, homemade cookies, cakes, puddings, and pies, clothing to keep you warm, hand carved toys and whistles. Whatever people could make and afford to make. These gifts were made with love and were treasured by the person receiving them.

Christmas always brings to mind one of my favorite uncles and our childhood Christmas celebrations. My great uncle Jack and his siblings were poor as children. There was not much food to go around and no money, but at Christmas time they always had a sock each containing an apple, an orange, and some nuts. If they were especially lucky they might find a bright new penny in the toe of the sock. That was a lot of money then! They looked forward to this every year and made up a saying that my great uncle Jack used to say a lot. It was "Roll on Christmas so we can have some nuts." My brother and I used to giggle at him every time he said it. If we had found that in our stockings there would have been an uproar in our house on Christmas morning, but that saying actually taught us (as we grew older and wiser) to appreciate what we did get at Christmas and birthdays. It also taught us to think of others at Christmas time who did not have a gift at all. I will make a few extra gifts this year for whoever needs one. :))

It's not easy to think of gifts to make for family and friends, but with a little thought and secret questioning of relatives and friends you can usually come up with something special for everyone. If you are going to make handmade jewelry such as earrings it is important to check whether the person has pierced ears or not! (Yup, I slipped up big time one year.) Here's a small list of ideas. For even more great ideas cruise by

Tote bags, pin cushions, gloves, mittens, leg warmers, arm warmers, jewelry, purses, moccasins, belts, hats, photo frames, photo coasters, keepsake boxes, just to name a few.

Be good and have a great day!

aka Lesley

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