We love celebrating holidays rather simply in our family. But we fully enjoy the anticipation and preparation for the special days! Together, as a family, over the past few weeks, we’ve begun making homemade gifts for birthdays and Christmas, as well as stocking the kitchen with staples for Thanksgiving dinner.
Gen’s birthday is coming up in a couple weeks, so I’ve been sewing her some little things. (I’m looking forward to sharing those with you soon!) It’s a bit of a challenge to find a time to sew when she’s not looking (so it can be a surprise), but with “Daddy library dates,” I’ve been able to get some things completed.
We also began preparing some wooden gifts for family and friends, and participated in a recent local DIY Fair. The whole family attended the event, and Gen even loved helping “man the booth,” as we shared our ideas with friends. (She was really excited to help demo the power drill and sandpaper (with Daddy’s help). I’ll be sharing those gifts with you soon, as well!
When the kids are in bed, Calvin and I have really enjoyed brainstorming holiday ideas together. We love celebrating holidays with a biblical emphasis, and seek to incorporate Christ-focused traditions in our days. We seek to exchange meaningful gifts, in order to bless our little ones while teaching them about the real meaning of the day. (I also donate a % of my profits from my Etsy shop sales to Advent Conspiracy endeavors each year.)
So, our home is being transformed into a bit of a “workshop mode” these days, with a touch of sawdust, sewing thread scraps, and tape. And I love it! I cherish the simplicity of homemade holidays at home, instead of spending them out shopping!
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