Every holiday, the kids and I will make something to decorate the house. I know that one day they will be bigger and won’t think making thumbprint Christmas trees are fun anymore so I plan to cherish these things for as long as I can. After each holiday is over, I carefully pack whatever we made away in a plastic storage bin, and I take it out again the next year to use. It is always a treat to see how far they’ve come and their new abilities!
One of my daughter’s favorite holidays is Halloween. She loves decorating pumpkins. Since we can’t keep the pumpkins we pick at a patch for years to come, every year I purchase a craft pumpkin for her to help me carve or to decorate. Craft pumpkins are great – they look just like the real thing, but they carve much more easily and with a lot less mess! Some years she decorates with her favorite stickers, some years she will use paints or markers, other times she will come up with a design and help me to recreate it on the pumpkin. We have quite the little craft pumpkin patch now!
My son, on the other hand, loves to eat. Thanksgiving is his favorite. Every year, we make two Thanksgiving crafts that he loves. The first one we use as napkin holders. First, we take a walk and look for leaves. Then we cut toilet paper tubes in half and decorate them like turkeys, using the leaves as tail feathers. Then we slide a napkin through the tube end, and tada – turkey napkins! The ones from years prior are helpful if we end up with extra guests, and can act as a centerpiece or place cards. The other project we do as a family. We draw a tree and cut out leaves. Then each person writes on a leaf all the things that they are most thankful for. I pin the trees to our dining room curtains, so we can reread them every year as we share the big meal.
I think my husband’s favorite holiday is Easter. I know he loves decorating eggs with the kids. They have such a great time sitting around the table, pretending to fight over who gets what color and the best stickers. Over the years, I have learned two dozen eggs is just the right amount to prepare. It certainly helps that hardboiled eggs are a favorite snack of my husband’s. Although the eggs aren’t something I can keep, I take a photo of the end result every year. I’ve tried getting him fake eggs instead but what can I say, the man is a traditionalist!
Personally, though, Christmas is my favorite holiday. The kids make me ornaments almost every year at school. They’ve made all kinds of things: pipe cleaner candy canes, gingerbread men made from actual gingerbread, glittery ornaments with their handprints on them. And lots of things with popsicle sticks! I love them all! I date them (if they aren’t already) and take extra care to pack them away safely. Maybe one day when the kids have moved out and decorate trees of their own, I will let them have some of the ornaments they’ve made me over the years. Hopefully that is a long way off, because I can’t think about parting with them – the kids OR the ornaments!
Do you have a favorite craft that you do each year? What is it?