So as a carry on from my last few posts about living a more simple and creative life, this year our family has decided to do a fully handmade Christmas. All the children's gifts are going to be either handmade by us, and a select few that we are unable to make are going to bought just as long as they are handmade.
It is taking a little planning, and while this year it will probably be a lot more effort than how our Christmases usually were but I am extremely excited at the prospect of it all. I think it makes it easier that it is an idea that the other half fully supports, which when undertaking activities that you hope will help shape your family, is extremely important.
I love Christmas, I am a all out bells and whistles kinda girl when it comes to festive season. The decorating, the food and the gift giving. It's going to be a learning and growing experience for us all, I'm sure of it.
I've started with a few ideas for all the children, the Boy being the hardest at 8 years old. I want it to be exciting opening his presents, not a 'what were they thinking' moment for him. It's a hard chop for kids to go from and over commercialized life style (us as parents in the making of that) to a simple one, but I know that he will enjoy the gifts I am thinking up for him. I have one 'wow' factor one that I know he will get years of use out of.
I'm even going to go as far as sorting through to Christmas deco's and tossing because it's not just the kids that have to many things that I have held on to of theirs, it's my own collection of useless stuff that needs to go as well. I have ordered a simple, small white wooden Christmas tree that I will decorate with handmade decorations of the kids. I'm excited to get it, and excited to finally be able to set it up although that time can go by as slowly as possible, as I now have a lot of things to get making ;)
I'm going to post tutorials of some of the gifts that I am making, hopefully they will be of help to someone out there!