Nibsy (age 4):”What are the other reindeers called?”
Nibsy’s Dad: “I don’t know? Bumper and Scamper?”
“Bells on cell phones ring, making spirits bright…” -Clara
December snuck up on me this year. And to be honest, I wasn’t particularly thrilled with the realization that Christmas is booming its way down the track at me. Not particularly thrilled. Nope.
Really? Already? Seriously?
However, even the Grinchiest among us are apparently incapable of derailing the Christmas-inspired joy that comes from children. It’s inescapable and it’s infectious.
So what’s the prescription for progressing from Scrooge-like mutterings under the breath to getting merry like Christmas? What’s that you say? Whiskey? No, no, not that! Though it does help sometimes.
How about this instead? Do something Christmas-related every day: bake cookies, learn a song, make something to decorate your house, do something for someone less fortunate than yourself. It does the trick every time.
When we became parents we realized we’d need to actually put a tree. With a shortage of both ornaments and expendable income, I kept Nibsy busy making paper chains and collecting pine cones to spray paint and coat with glitter. Voila! Decorated tree and entertained child.
DIY ORNAMENTS: Keep it simple and inexpensive!
Or make a pretty wreath…..
Felt Ball Wreath
This one we made from a straw wreath and felt balls. I saw the wreath on this blog and found the felt balls at this eBay shop. The girls had a great time sorting out colors and helping assemble the wreath. Oh, and hanging up the finished project.
Or make some canning jar snow globes. They are easy to make and kids love them.
Canning Jar Snowglobes
I cannot remember where I first saw these posted online, possibly Martha Stewart? However, there are no shortage of posts about them.
All you need is:
A canning jar with a tight fitting lid
Rubbing alcohol (just a few drops to keep the water from getting funky)
Glycerine (to make the snow float slowly)
A glass or ceramic ornament
Epoxy to glue the ornament to the lid and to seal the lid
NOTE: As you can probably tell, we’ve done this project twice now. It’s fun to hunt for ornaments and old canning jars at thrift stores, antique stores, or garage sales. Upscale stores like Anthropologie and the Sundance Catalog sell these for up to $45 each. Wowza.
Get out of the house and do something festive!
Still feeling Scroogish? I’ve found it handy to do a little compare and contrast with the man himself and see how I fare. Be prepared to be verbally abused though: this year he told me that I made him constipated and that I should wipe the smile right off my face. For the record: he doesn’t like Christmas and he doesn’t like YOU!
While in the neighborhood we walked around the Christmas Showcase taking in the atmosphere.
Might as well soak up the magic.
The girls are counting down the days. It’ll be here before we know it.