I'm sure you probably figured that Christmas this year for our growing family is going to be much different than ever before. We've never had oodles of money so our tree has never been gorged with presents, but we've always managed to buy a few less expensive items on the kids Christmas lists just in time to surprise then Christmas morning. But, this year, the number on the bank account summary just dwindles with no income in sight. It's left me grasping for other options for Christmas this year. Buying anything from the store would put us in a bind and prices no matter how "new" and "low" they are, really add up. We typically spend about $50 a kid and about $80 on ourselves, including stocking stuffers. But, as sad as it is to say, we don't have $310 to spend on gifts and that's just with us, that 's not all the extended family here, too.
So, all this to say, I'm initiating an old fashioned Christmas. A "Christ"mas if you will. Nothing can be store bought. Just giving at it's most natural and simplest form. It all has to be hand made from items around the house and in the garage. I think my fabric stash and yarn stash are going to get hit pretty hard this year, but what's a years supply of craft items worth if you can't dig into them every once in a while!
Here's what my to-do list looks like this year.
1 dolly made from mis-mate socks
1 blue linus blanket from the yarn stash (almost done btw)
2 ruffled fabric scarves
3 fleece beanies
2 large works of art (made by yours truly)
I'm sure that when I tell the kids all this today, my list will grow exponentially with all the projects I'll be ask to "help" with, too. But, I'm excited. It's a challenge that I think might just wake up my creative juices. They've been hibernating while i whined about Christmas being here already.
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