One year I made each girl a handmade stocking and decorated each one with beads and sequins and hand-made appliques made out of felt. I really enjoyed the work, but now I don't even think they know where those stockings are.
Another thing I used to do was make bread-dough tree ornaments. I would start making them in October and have enough to hang on the tree for Christmas. The girls loved to "help" when they were small , but by the teenage years that too went by the side of the road.
So, here I am now, middle-aged and facing Christmas. My grandsons are teenagers so they are not into crafting or decorating. All they want is money or games; maybe even clothes--if they are cool. Christmas is just another day. Usually, I choose to work that day and let those with families take the day off. This year, I think that will be what I will be doing also.
I have begun thinking about shopping for gifts, however, which is very unusual for me. With the advent of online shopping, I find the task not quite as bad. I don't mind buying gifts, but I love that they wrap and deliver to the receiver. No mess, no worry. The only thing to remember is to shop early enough that the gifts arrive in time.
Anyone else with a similar story? I'd love to hear some of your stories about Christmas past, present, and future.
Here are the thoughts I am having about gifts this year:
For my sister who is always getting lost--a GPS navigator to use in the car.
For my youngest grandson who loves to play games and be online--a netbook computer of his own.
For the oldest grandson who is a real gamer--a Wii gaming system
For both my daughters, each a veteran reader and traveler--a Kindle Reader
For myself, who works online and loves to watch my grandsons--a camcorder
Wow, that was so easy. Now all I have to do is find the money and get busy ordering!! This is the way to have Christmas!