It all started with a swap of some crocheted hats for some embroidered shirts from Little Towheads. I definitely got the better end of that deal!
I was so excited about the prospect of handmade and bartered gifts that it set the tone for my entire holiday.
When setting my reservation for our family photos I paid more than 50% upfront. When the balance came due I made some gifts for an upcoming babyshower Ashley had to attend in exchange for the photos. She purchased the dress, and I made the cardigan, hat and headband to match.
The grandparents and great grandparents all received prints of our photos for Christmas, but we also made special gifts for the grandparents. Using the children’s artwork I made fridge magnets.
I also did a set for Paul. I had Little Red paint directly on the stone. I think the painted ones are my favourite — what a neat effect!
And using a trick I learned in my pedagogy classes we made our own gift boxes out of old cards. For the smaller boxes the cards looked perfect. For larger boxes I used the inside of the cards, and had the boys paint them.
We made it a white Christmas by making paper snowflakes for the windows,
and crocheted snowflakes as gifts.
We also made family ornaments, P is for Phamily, of course! D is for Daddy, M is for Mummy. R is for Little Red, O is for BOy Blue, and A is for DAytime Brother — Aiden of course! An idea I borrowed from Dana.
We followed Advent with a candle instead of chocolates, a tradition I plan to keep for ever!
Finally, la piece de resistance: I made the boys’ Superhero Capes. Each is reversible with a superhero on one side (Batman and Superman) and I created symbols on the other side for when they want to be their Super Selves. (Remember: R is for Little Red, and O is for BOy Blue.)
Making Christmas this year made my Christmas. Next year I’m starting earlier, and am going to try to make more. It really brought the spirit to me, and made this my most fun Christmas.