I live close to what I like to call the Christmas Crack Store. Blasphemous, perhaps, yet totally true. I paid that special place a visit last week and came home with boughs upon clusters upon strands of assorted evergreens and got busy with one of my favourite annual traditions to do this time of year. Making wreaths. You see, the holiday season does something mighty fine to my insides. I get all in a tither about making and crafting and creating things that I know the people whom I love, will love.
I also really dig buying gifts for my kids, family and friends. Little things. Some big things (mostly for the kids and my mister). I try to reign it in and every year I’m getting better at being more organized with my making, (equalling less buying), so that I can really get into the process. Less last minute stressed out Betty, more enjoyment.
I’m definitely not a fan of the mass-consumerism that throbs and booms and pulsates around the holidays. It hurts my heard and heart to know that there are many families who go into a small amount of debt every year around this time to buy SO. MUCH. STUFF. Or those that feel inadequate because they can’t cover their living room floors with presents. Gifts with hefty price-tags in shocking amounts. All the brands, all the tech gear.
Not for me, no thanks.
What I can get into is gifting a friend with a handmade wreath say, (for example, ahem), for Winter Solstice. Or a basket of edible goodies that I canned over the summer and fall with handmade ornaments and some small boughten gifts, or thrifted treasures and coveted vinyl. Homemade cookies. Gifts that I put a lot of thought into and didn’t go crashing into some store days before the grand rip and tear, just to buy something. I don’t do last minute shopping, never have. I buy year round, the little that I do buy and I keep a list going to know remind myself of what I’ve got going on and to keep within the budget.
Pretty simple to me. It took a couple of years for Trev to stop giving me the side-eye when we were at a festival or a market in the middle of the summer and I saw something that I knew a so and so in our life would love and proclaimed that I was purchasing it for them for Xmas. He was very much the last minute shopper.
Let’s just say I think I’ve converted him and in the process I don’t think he despises the holidays so much anymore. He really gets into our basket making thing and I not-so-secretly revel in watching his eyes gleam when a pal or a relative open up the treasures within. (Blow-up Santa and Rudolph on the roof however, I’m pretty sure he hates.)
I’ve been a busy bee the past few weeks and have some exciting tutorials to share with you – but first things first. For me it always begins with decking those halls. It really gets me into the spirit of things… Continue reading