We’re on the third year of the very first tradition I ever started all by myself with my own little family. It’s so exciting! I’m not an extremely crafty person, but I’m trying and I love to see the twinkle in my kids eyes when we’re working on projects together. I help them with silly little paper learning crafts often, and I turn them loose with paint on a regular basis… washable of course.
It’s actually a nice constructive way to keep them busy so I can get my own things done once in a while without shoving them in the corner in front of a television or a tablet! (or listening to them fight over toys because they’re 5 and 3 and they’re “SOOO bored”) In fact, my kitchen table isn’t an eating place at all, it’s usually a paint station that gets hosed down with bleach every few days to start fresh. I put up pages of shapes, letters, and numbers for them to paint or to try and draw fresh on their own. I get stacks of those cheep little wood things to paint and glue crap on. And, we have piles and piles of pet rocks at my house.
But back to my point… our yearly Christmas crafts are different! Much different!!!
They’re special. They don’t get played with after (no mater now cheesy they wind up looking), and they’re saved to use as decor next year. I have two kids, and each year I do some sort of seasonal decoration that we can put their hand prints, names, and the year on! I’m sure as they get into their teen years they’ll whine about it and not want to do such silly things anymore. But, I’m okay with that because I fully intend on being that super annoying mom who makes them buck up and do it anyway. The plan is to have a dated hand print Christmas craft for every single year of their lives to surround myself with when they’re completely grown and moved out. Even when I’m old and senile, I’ll have boxes and boxes of trapped time and growth that I can indulge in at Christmas time while I swing my cane around and swear at people who piss me off.
Here is last years craft sitting on my kitchen counter right now next to a family photo (dripping paint smudges and all!):
This year my husband and I have really outdone ourselves. On one hand our crafts are going to be beautiful, yet on the other hand I feel like we’re setting the bar too high for the years to come. I can just see myself trying to outdo the craft the year before every year until eventually we’ll have a house sized choo-choo train covered in life sized portraits to commemorate the years of crafting lol. The perks of someone who gets carried away and over does things often!
I can’t tell you exactly what our craft is this year because we’re making almost a dozen of them and giving them to a bunch of family. My mom is my biggest fan, and reads all of my blog posts so I don’t want to give away the surprise. *hi mom* For now, lets just say the kids hand prints turn out very adorable! You see, my husband works with metal. I don’t think I’ve ever shared that here before, so there’s a little insight into our personal lives. He’s been a welder since he was a teen as he grew up on a small farm, and now he supervises the machine floor in a shop he’s been employed at for about nine years or so. They make buildings, electrical stations, gas pipe, mining stuff, and a lot more really big things.
They have this gigantic laxer cutting machine that can cut practically anything out of what ever type of metal you want. So this year he’s been given an assignment by the naggy wife, and luckily he pulled through. I can’t wait until they’re finished! The Christmas spirit is strong at our house this year, and I love it!
So lets hear it.. Do you all Craft for Christmas? What are your traditions?