I thought I would talk about Christmas decor today. Just to mix stuff up.
Last year I didn't put up the trees. We have a two and a half year old in the house. This yeR I put up one tree and I gathered every white decoration that I had collected over the years that wasn't breakable. I augmented them with six dollars worth of ornaments from the dollar store. I'm using it as a test for the dear granddaughter. She only got into the tree once. We had a discussion before, but she forgot. I reminded her sternly, and she has left it alone ever since. She was playing with her play mobile toys. The snowman told the tree that we don't touch the tree, we just look at it.
Decorations take in more if a presence when you group several together. It makes more of a statement for less. I started collecting santas years ago. I got santas for presents and added one Santa a year. Now the kitchen windowsill is full of santas. I made a valance out of some Christmas material that has santas making their lists.
I used to decorate a lot. Now, I have cut way back, but I still decorate because I think the grandchild needs to see the traditions.
I'm sorry all of my grandchildren aren't here to see them. They are missing out. I didn't have a grandmother. Both if them died before I could know them.
One year I was running a care center for mental patients. We had no budget for decorations. I bought a spray can of gold paint and a bolt of red ribbon. Anything that didn't move got spray painted and a red bow. We got donations of ornaments and a little elf made a chrostmas tree magically appear on our doorstep. It was a great Christmas. The residents folded readers digests to make a skirt for an angel and we pit them together and spray paints them gold. We brought in greens and pinecones and sprayed the pinecones with gold paint.
My daughter saw a video making stars out of paper just using scissors and a stapler. She works at a Christian school. She made stars for her classroom and one for a tree ornament. Almost no cost and equipment that any house, office or school usually has.
This year I made reindeer food and fixed boxes / bags for it for my daughters class and my granddaughters class. I made enough for cousins and the neighbourhood kids that were age appropriate. It's sometimes the little things that make a big difference. It doesn't have to cost a lot of money, just a little imagination and time. I'm years past I made snowman soup and designed a package. I think it was cheaper to make the snowman soup.
Thanks for stopping by.
I would love to hear of your traditions. Food!