A couple of weeks ago we got to meet our new nephew, Sam. The kids were super excited, and boy is Sam a cutie. I made up this little muslin (and freezer-paper stencilled) drawstring bag to hold the IKEA finger puppets we got for him.
This is a prime example of the benefits of repackaging! This looked so much better than the cardboard and cellophane wrapper they came in (and took very little time). And now the puppets have somewhere to 'go'.
So, speaking of gifts, packaging, and listening to my daughter practice Christmas songs on the keyboard got me thinking...
What do you do about gifts for your children? I've heard a few cool ideas recently, like only giving three gifts to symbolize the gold, frankincense and myrrh. Another one was four gifts: Something you want, something you need, something to play with and something to read. I'm loving that idea (thanks, Whitney). It reminds me a little of Little House on the Prairie and how excited the girls were to get their very own tin cups and mittens for Christmas - very unlike today's society.
Now, being a total plan-ahead-er, I have Christmas about done for my kiddos - (not DONE, but at least planned) I keep my eyes open all year long. And I think we're doing okay this year - nothing excessive, and some handmade and thoughtful gifts (and books). It almost fits the four gift idea, actually. Last year my mom made them handmade dolls and I loved that she did that - and they were huge hits with the kids. I know she has some more handmade love up her sleeve for this year, but I wanted to make sure everyone got something handmade from me, too. I'm sure you'll be hearing more about that later. :)
So maybe next year: Something you want, something you need, something handmade, and something to read?
Anyway, you've gotta admit that Christmas is out of control in our culture. Starting this early in the stores (Kristy put it perfectly when she posted about "diluting Christmas"), and convincing us to buy things we don't need (or want, really). As crafters (and moms) we have to think about Christmas a little early, but this is out of control. I want to get away from that.
Any ideas to share?
Also, has anyone ever tried making reusable drawstring bags for Christmas wrapping? I'm not sure that would work with the kiddos so young, but it's an interesting idea...