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Handmade Christmas

Happy Holidays to you!

I’m going to be a little out-of-the-box, and say that My family doesn’t give store-bought Christmas gifts any more. We make simple gifts from the heart. I haven’t bought gifts for the last few years and truthfully it is really a big weight off of my shoulders. I think it’s more fun to make gifts anyway!

Although making gifts takes more creativity, I really love how we do it because it takes the stress out of the holidays: no running around in the car, no frantically searching online for the perfect gift.

The only exception I make to that rule is getting a Mother Earth News subscription for a family member and her husband. They live in a rural area and are basically homesteaders (although they’re much too modest to say so), and they love reading about other DIYers/farmers/homesteaders. I was a big fan of Mother Earth News even before I became a blogger!

I love giving the gift of education or a handcrafted gift. For other friends and relatives, I sometimes make a knitted gift, or a hand-sewn gift - one year I made little cloth cats for our son’s little friends - or simply a watercolor painting done from the heart. I have to give credit to my Mother who taught me how to make beautiful, handmade things for Christmas and she still does it every year, bless her heart.

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