Sunday, November 30, 2008

A Daringly Creative Christmas

December is upon us, so let's get creative and tackle our Christmas List. The economy is not good, in the U.S., and elsewhere in the world, so let's think about some creative gifts to stretch those dollars and give that checkbook a rest.
Some of my creative friends on CCS are using Advent Calendars that prompt creativity each day. Others are busy in the needle arts to create scarfs, sweaters, or mittens for children this winter.
Some will paint portraits, bake cookies, enlarge photos, sculpt platters, or stitch wall hangings for loved ones. Several years ago, I baked sugar cookies, put them in antique teacups, wrapped them in cellophane, and tied a ribbon across the top. One recipient declared a new family tradition on the spot. {Note to Self: I need to do that again this year! LOL...} Last year, I stamped fern leaves onto white linen squares for my niece to use as table toppers or napkins in her new apartment, pictured above.
Lemme tell ya! It certainly beats traipsing around the crowded malls or standing in line amid the cheap plastic dust-catchers at the discount stores.

So, I dare you.
Where do your talents lie? Does a stressed single mom need a sitter? Does an elderly neighbor need snow shoveled, or leaves gathered via blower or rake? Does a child need a teddy bear sewn with loving hands? Would a single Dad like some sugar cookies to share with his kids during the holidays? Would your mother appreciate a portrait of herself with her mom and you as three generations of love? Paint it or Photo Shop it! Is there a jewelry maven in your family? There are lots of bead selections to choose from online; just string them and attach a clasp.
Now, that wasn't so hard, was it?
A handmade item has a little part of you invested in that gift, so start thinking about how you can share yourself this Christmas.
After all, you are the most precious gift possible...
Just like that one and only baby boy in the manger to whom we should all wish a Happy 2008th Birthday.


malinda said...

Cool Yule message DJ! :-)
This year at our agency, Helping Hands, we've decided that our annual gift exchange gifts will be hand made! A first for us. Everyone is to make what they bring whether it be an ornament, a scrapbook, or a batch of cookies, as long as it was created by them. We are all excited and its so much fun to see the self proclaimed "non-creatives" (we all know there is no such thing) getting exciting about their own ideas of what to make :-) ...
I honestly believe that commercialism has finally started to get the negative publicity it deserves :-]!
Thanks for this blog and for linking Florabelle's.
p.s. we also decided to have a potluck at this year's party instead of paying for an expensive dinner

Robyn said...

Love the antique cup idea and the fresh ferny table napkins! Commercialism is enough to give anyone palpatations. It's time we all made more effort to give of ourselves. Thanks for this post.

Jo said...

Handmade is the only way to go...wonderful post.