We made gifts for Christmas

Since my older boy was 2 years old, we started a tradition, that he made an ornament with at the ability on his age and gives it to the grandparents. This time the little brother joined him and they did it together :-).

Also, as the children get presents for Christmas (what we and other ones buy them), the adults get something homemade presents from us. Usually it is something gesture- present because we can do it together from the youngest to the oldest.
My husband and me make something homemade as well for the kids. They are something what they really want thanks to the adverts in the tv and or it costs too much we would spend (but we can do) or something we can’t buy in our country.

And what were these presents?
The kids painted on wood slices for the ornaments, I painted to cushion cover for my husband’s brother (he move to his new and first flat), we made orange tea bags (we bought oranges from Sicily through a local store, which were untreated), and we made bonbons.
Our  older son likes Skylanders and everything which connects to it but it is unknow here yet. He knows it from the youtube channels of course :P. So I found a Skylander t-shirt in a second hand shop which has short sleeves and would be small when the weather will be ready for short sleeves and also he had a red pullover with no graphic, so I spent long minutes (app. 2 hours) to cut the Skylanders out and sew it to the pullover.
Our younger son likes houses so much. I have some candle ‘holder’ houses he used to play with, so my husband built 2 houses from wood and I painted them. One has a door as well ;-).

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Do you make something home made for Christmas? Or for any occasion?

Our Christmas, 2014

The 24th of December is the day when our family gathers together and have a Christmas dinner. Every year I made a simple table decor, which this time based on rosemary from our garden. I love it so much so decided that it will a tradition from now: using rosemary at least for the napkins as napkins ring.
The next day is always a family day in pajamas when we have our special pancake breakfast (now it was snowman) and that morning arrives the presents for us. We all have red socks always which is fun to see together and also looking back whew the kids feet have been grown so much as the time goes by… (also sad for a mom :-( :-P ).

But it went by so fast…

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How was your Christmas?

How we decorated for the Holidays

For a couple of years I’d better decorate our house for Christmas with less decoration but that less decoration may reach that ‘wow’ level for us. Also I have noticed on myself that if I don’t put took many decoration on, after take them off the house wouldn’t has seen kind of empty immediately.
It is interesting but for winter it’s good to use white, grey and light blue mostly. They are so festive and christmassy with the candles and lights. We have decorations what we use again and again because they have a story. Like our ornaments. We put the same collection on every year and each one of them has a meaning for us. I let the kids help me to paint some items as well (like the wood stars in the window) and I really don’t mind that the painting didn’t turn out perfect. They enjoyed to help me, I enjoyed to be with them :-)

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