Friday, January 26, 2007

Is it all right if I talk about Christmas at the end of January?

This Delta Christmas my sister-in-law suggested that next year we should make all gifts, rather than buying. Most of the group, or at least the gift buying part of the group, was speechless for a few minutes while the idea took hold. We stammered a bit and all agreed. Taking the shopping and commercialism out of Christmas is what I had been wanting, and now an opportunity to do just that had magically arisen without me having had to do or say anything.

After it was decided everyone started thinking about what could be made that would be gift worthy. I make a lot of stuff, so I have many, many options. But, I need to plan ahead so there will be time to produce 12 individualized thoughtful gifts, without getting panicky around the holidays, thereby erasing all the benefits of not succumbing to commercialism.

I will attempt to produce at least one gift a month and post a picture. Won't it be fun to think about Christmas all year long? Ideas, anyone?


mull-berry said...

You could join "ArtScouts" and earn buttons while you create!

- OR -

"Project Spectrum" at:

I have joined the latter and am seriously considering the former.

Besides all that ... I think it is a great idea. I'm looking forward to seeing your creations!

Mother Crone's Homeschool said...

I like the idea of doing one handmade gift a month. I'll sign on with you, starting in February.

We did a homemade Christmas once, but the problem was it was decided at Thanksgiving. And five of the people wanted Martha Stewart pattern ponchos. Ugh! Talk about a great way to take the joy out of making gifts!

JoVE said...

That's a great idea. The other thing that I do is keep a box for putting potential gifts in. Sometimes there are things you want to make because they look like interesting things to make. It is only later that you realize they will be good for a particular person. And sometimes you just need a small gift for someone. So having a place to keep your gift stash is a good idea.