Friday, 24 December 2010

Making Christmas Traditions

As my children grow older, they have developed strict ideas of our family's Christmas traditions. Some I have worked at instilling in them - for instance, making Christmas decorations together.

Fabric scrap wreath from Burdastyle magazine 11-2010?


Felt baubles from who knows where, fabric stars from the same place. (You can see that our decoration aesthetic is "home-made rules")
Hand made gifts is another tradition we encourage.
Hand knitted cardigans for Sydney nieces.

Most traditional of all is the annual unfinished gift -
this one is a sparkly scarf for my Mum, that she asked for last week. It would have been plenty of time if not for finishing those pesky cardigans.....(I think the unfinished gift tradition is passed down from my mother....)

Occasionally my children remind me of a tradition I had forgotten. I had no idea that we make a gingerbread house every Christmas Eve when we are spending Christmas at home, but my children assure me that we do. I vaguely remember doing this 2 or 3 times before, but this time I only had to make the gingerbread.
Fortunately it does not have to stand up for long.

This year there seems to be a new tradition. It involves me staying up after my night owl teenagers to supervise Santa. I don't think I like this one!

Happy Christmas to all those who celebrate this occasion.


Little Hunting Creek said...

We have the unfinished gift category too. I just put it in a fancy box and wrap it with a note asking that the item be returned for finishing.
Merry Christmas!

Ruthie said...

Loving all the home made decorations!

Anita (Summer Gypsy) said...

How lovely that your children love the traditions and that you all love to make things. That makes for an extra-special personalized Xmas... (I love the unfinished gift tradition!)

j.kaori said...

Those are wonderful traditions. The unfinished one rings true for me every year! Have a merry Christmas!

Sigrid said...

What lovely traditions. Have a merry Christmas.

Handmade said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family - cute traditions!