Tuesday, November 13, 2012

6 weeks 'til Christmas...

Are you aware that there are only 6 more weeks until Christmas? Yikes! Are you busy making homemade gifts or have you started your shopping? We asked our kiddos to write up their lists for us over the weekend so we'd have some idea of what they were hoping for...
Books, books, and more books...
Yet...

As we begin making all those lists that are a part of celebrating Christmas (gifts to give, personal wish lists, what to bake, decorating, parties and other holiday events, etc.), keeping our hearts and those of our children focused on celebrating in a way that isn't "me" focused is so, so important. Remembering that Christ came to bring peace on Earth, goodwill towards men -- that salvation has come -- is really what it's all about!! Considering how we can be a light that shines in a lost and hurting world as we look forward to gift giving more (yes, more) than receiving is a terrific way to share the love of Christ. Thus, when we asked our children to make up their Christmas wish lists, we also asked them to write up a Christmas gift-giving list.

Like many folks our budget is a little tight, so we're actually focusing as much as possible on making and giving homemade gifts again this year. In the past we've given homemade ornaments, hand-rolled bees wax candles, homemade vanilla extract, muffin mixes for our Heavenly Vanilla Muffins, and have even creatively packaged and given the dry ingredients for our Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. There are so many ways to be frugal with your gift giving! Personally, I enjoy receiving homemade, handmade gifts knowing the skill and love with which each unique and precious item was created. :)

To come up with an idea of what to make for friends and family this year, I did a little research on the web (Martha Stewart and Pinterest are great resources) and have come up with some amazing new ideas. And while I was hesitant to actually "pin" any new finds, I discovered that Pinterest has a new feature that allows you to create up to three private boards visible only to you (and others you may invite). Thank you, Pinterest!

While I can't share here what's on our gift making list (knowing some of my dear friends and family stop by here from time to time), I can assure you we're having a blast as we enjoy the process of creating Christmas gifts and looking forward to celebrating with joy as we give them.

So, have you started Christmas list making, gift making, and planning yet?

~Lisa

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8 comments:

  1. I've decided to try and make as many homemade gifts as possible. Times are tough, but I've also made a goal for myself this year in the "home-ec" dept. I learned how to sew (basics so far) knit and crochet. At this point, everyone's getting a scarf! We live in FL, there's a bit of humor for you!

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    1. Scarves are perfect as you can make them as light or heavy as you want! The Lion Brand website has lots of free patterns (I visit there often), so you're sure to find one that will work perfectly for your climate. :) Blessings to you, Izzy, in your "home-ec" endeavors this holiday season!

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  2. Please don't remind me how soon Christmas will be here. I too am trying to make many of my Christmas projects, and yes, Pinterest is AMAZING.

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    1. Good luck on finishing your projects! :)

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  3. Dog is #1 on my list too Anna! :)

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    1. Do you think you'll get one, Vanessa? No way Anna will be getting a dog (unless it' of the stuffed animal variety). Dan's been talking about getting an older dog; maybe one someone needs to get rid of so we don't have to do the puppy thing -- too much work!

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  4. No I highly doubt I will get one yet. Our house is just to small for a pup. Travis would like to wait until we have some property so it can run around and be an outside dog :)

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    1. Waiting until you have more room is a good (very good) idea. :)

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