We’ve taken a step toward a more traditional holiday this year. Our DIY Christmas tree has taken several different forms over the last few years–some of which barely resembled a tree at all–but the same idea was behind them all. We wanted to use what we had to celebrate. We wanted a holiday that focused on creative reuse rather than consumerism. This year we were given a hand-me-down artificial tree, and we have a small collection of ornaments that have been gifted to us, so our tree is pretty traditional.
In keeping with the DIY spirit of our holiday, we made a few ornaments out of wrapping paper glued to cardboard. A pre-publication copy (F&G) of Holly Hobbie’s new version of The Night Before Christmas made for a few cute ornaments in the same way. They were simple enough for our almost six-year-old to do with minimal frustration, and I think they look charming too.
In all honesty, my favorite traditions are the ones that are different every year. They are familiar without being tired. They grow with us, but keep us grounded to our values. That’s all I really want in a holiday. More than elaborate decor or expensive presents, I want to spend time with the people I love, share what I have, and think about what we value.
May your holidays be full of love, hope, and happiness. :)
This blog will probably be fairly quiet this month, but you may check out previous years’ posts for more holiday related content:
- The Night Before Christmas – Compare various picture book versions of the classic poem.
- The Spirit of Christmas in Picture Books – Focus on family and generosity with these holiday picture books.
- Our holiday – More about our family’s Christmas, including a Santa discussion.
- Monday Morning Music: Holiday Edition – What are your favorite Christmas songs?