You might remember these little "Elves at Work" door hangers I shared last month...
Are you curious as to what was being made behind those doors?
The magic and joy of Christmas morning is something that so many of us look forward to. As a child your eyes sparkle in the lights of the Christmas tree and the wonder of all of those gifts under the tree. As an adult, the magic is more about being with your loved ones and enjoying a leisurely time in your pajamas. And, as an adult with children, the magic is seeing the joy and excitement in your children's eyes.
Well, the source of that Christmas joy for me has begun to shift over these past few Christmases. While I, of course, love to see Violet and Henry opening their gifts I am equally excited to see their exuberance for giving gifts as well! Specifically their joy when giving gifts that they made themselves!
We knew that the kids had been busily making gifts throughout the month of December. Henry announced every time he had finished one. Each child was given a box to place in their closet for stashing said gifts until Christmas Eve. And, before putting out cookies and milk for Santa, the kids placed their handmade gifts under the tree. There were a lot!
We had underestimated the amount of making that had been going on while we weren't watching. Many of Henry's (age 4) gifts were small pictures or collages, one was a "sewing kit" for Violet and I that he had put together with scraps of felt, a pair of scissors and a ruler. And Violet, at nearly seven years old, now has the patience and ability to make some beautiful gifts all on her own.
I think my favorite moment from Christmas morning was when Violet eagerly handed me a gift to open. I had given her one to open as well, a crocheted infinity scarf she had chosen at her school's craft fair... We opened our gifts at the same time and lo and behold we were opening similar things! She, unbeknownst to any of us, had made me a beautiful scarf necklace!
She was so excited and proud to give me her handmade present! She used materials from a potholder making kit and her rubber band bracelet making knowledge and added a bell (because it was Christmas!) to make a beautiful necklace. I was so surprised and touched I nearly cried. (This might also have something to do with the fact that at that moment I also realized why her room had been littered with the materials from her potholder making kit and I felt badly for yelling at her to clean them up. Oops.)
I truly love it!
She made herself one too!
Aside from the necklace there were songs and poems and notes and ornaments too...
The two stars on the outside were handmade by Violet. The star in the middle was a joint effort from the kids and my husband. It's my star ornament for this year (see year's past here and here) and, in honor of me getting back to running again it's made out of a neon shoestring that was wrapped around nails and then starched! Fun!
I didn't get pictures of all of the handmade gifts. I didn't even get pictures of all of the handmades I made. But, they have all been well adored, admired and enjoyed!
And now I know this: Come December, always, always have your children's craft area well stocked with supplies and allow them to close the door and make a mess. Come Christmas morning it will all be worth it!
Have a great day.