Haven't done gift exchanges with the kids for years.
Hubby and I haven't exchanged gifts forever. We kinda like the ongoing, through the year, surprise you big time gifting.
This year, the bustle has quieted to some hours on the Internet searching for the right, green, local, organic gifties for the grandgirls. The other time is spent in the sewing room making sure each one of the girls has a Mimi Made gift and ornament.
This extra time is a gift for me. Time to appreciate time with friends. Time to reflect on the source of the celebration. Time to appreciate the talents of others.
Last year, we started a Pink Tree Tradition. Little pink trees have been purchased for each of the grandgirls. We decorate each one with symbolic things of the little girls past year. This year, we have a Mary Poppins tree, complete with a vintage Mary doll and lots of Mimi made kites. A Happy Meal penguin from 1999 and a little pin that says 'lets go fly a kite' completes Miss Vivs theme this year. She is quite the Poppins fan. Last year was a Sea Booty (translated: Sleeping Beauty) tree due to her infatuation with the classic movie.
Lil' Lady's tree has sparkly royal blue ball ornaments,her favorite color. She has some of her mama's ornaments to complete the look. BG ordered lots of crocheted snowflakes this year for her home and Mimi got addicted and used up a whole skein of yarn for all three trees. Our latest pink tree has some of her daddy's ornaments, her initial ornament and blocks and the sweetest snuggle bunny ornament. This December 16, we shall find out if Mimi and Papa will be buying another pink or...dare I say it....a BLUE tree for next year??!!
This past years redo in the living room screamed for new Christmas decorations. Something simple. Something turquoise. Something in keeping with the New Look. Think I found it....
Years ago, Kindred Spirit's daughter, Emily (The Fashion Designer) made these fabu ( a word I first heard from her!) Christmas Stockings for me. Made from vintage sheets and just the right colors, you'd think she was positively clairvoyant, seeing my turquoise/orange/yellow Christmas needs years ago. The size will be perfect for the Grandgirlies toys.
Last night, during a Mad Men a thon with Hubby, I made the felt ornaments for the girl's trees. On the way to and back from church yesterday, I finished up the crocheted snowflakes, courtesy of Attic24.
http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/crochet-snowflake.html (can you see Lil Lady's dolly to be peeking around the snowflakes? Her First Birthday is two days following Christmas.)
And after a year or so of working on Pretend Granddaughter Sara's Big Girl Quilt, I am finally at the point to do the yarn tying......PGS is an animal lover, particularly doggies, so I don't even think she'll mind the Miss Dixie popped into the photo shoot...
Hoping you're taking the time to drink in the wonder of this season.....