Handmade Christmas

For the past couple of years I have made a commitment to make all or most of our Christmas presents.  In this house there are two reasons for that.  The first is for economic reasons.  The second is simply because I belive everyone I love deserves something made just for them.  Nothing is more personal and heart-felt.  The gift my be small…sometime just a simple hat.  When I make a gift, I think about and pray for that person often.  Sometimes in this busy life, that’s the only time I’m that fervent about it.  I feel so connected to each person through their gift.  I am searching for the perfect way to convey to you the emotion involved.

Thinking about the individual for so long makes me appreciate them in my life, feel a deeper love for them, and think of all the reasons I love who they are.  It’s not just a gift I’m making, It’s an attitude and feeling I have towards them.  Whether it’s sewing or knitting, I’d better get to loving my family one stitch at a time.

If you would like to join me this season in hand making gifts, leave a comment in the box.  I would love to see your projects as they’re completed.  To go a step farther, share something about the receiver that you never want to forget, or that you cherish about them.

Remember you don’t have to make all your gifts to participate.  Save money and make memories.  Commit to at least one hand-made gift this Christmas.

Sewing, crochet, knitting, baking, crafting, woodworking, and art are some venues for your handmade gifts.

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4 thoughts on “Handmade Christmas

  1. Love this :) Last year we did this….sort of. I had great intentions and did do some homemade gifts. This year, I am striving for as much as humanly possible! We don’t go over board on gifts for Christmas anyways…we want it to be a different experience than just gifts. Last year (along with our church) we raised $ for wells to be built in Africa in place of buying gifts. That was really cool…but we ended up doing some gifts too. I would love to do something like that again this year, but with all homemade gifts. And I agree, it is more than just making something….its pouring love into it.
    For my kids I am knitting scarves and hats. For the nieces and nephew just scarves…for now. I am toying with tackling a stainless steel water bottle holder to make for the kids too. For our siblings and parents I will probable be making a combo of scarves, hats, bags/purses (just sewed my first and LOVE it!), and maybe the water bottle holders. Not that everyone will get all that, but different things for different people. The kids and I will bake as well…they love that.
    Thanks for the challenge and for making me think it through! Now I need to get to work!
    Oh and I really have been wanting to try the skirt patter you used…..so that may work in too:)

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    1. Good for you Nicole. I always start big and end simple with my list too. I love that we can all keep each other thinking about this. What an encouragement!

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  2. Hey Jennee, before you even posted this, I had committed to make some, via knitting, hats and scarves for my niece and nephews, mother and mother in-law. I have completed some already, and I have some to go, and even some to redo as the first ones didn’t turn out quite right. I haven’t been posting them on my blog because I want them to be a surprise for the family and don’t want them to stumble across them. I agree, as it does take time to do the projects that it does make me think of them more. What a great way to love on them.

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