I have been thinking about what really made this Christmas special. We had a lovely family Christmas, a children’s carol service at the Sunday School, lots of time with family and friends, fantastic food and amazing gifts, looking back it makes me think just how favoured we are.
The weather wasn’t great but we didn’t get flooded as many did in England this year, we have a lovely little home filled with love to celebrate in and friends and family to spend precious time with and remember those who are no longer with us.
But what really stood out to me this year was the handmade gifts. I make a lot of gifts to give but very rarely receive them but this year was different. First there were the lovely bits in my Stitching Santa parcels made by Jane and Cathy which you can read more about here. I was overwhelmed by the time and thought they had put into my parcels.
This year the children both made me gifts too and they are far more precious than anything they could have bought. Abi spent hours embroidering me a beautiful framed verse and two pictures, she didn’t quite get time to finish them so I shall have the pleasure of seeing her work on them too. It was all her own design and I just love them so much. Here is the one she finished.
Josh painted me a canvas, a lovely cheerful sunset scene completely out of his head.
At the beginning of the holidays Josh also shut himself away in the craft room for a whole day and made gifts. There were these coasters with fancy stitching done on Abi’s machine,
A little pillow that is just right to put behind my head. The floral fabric has been sewn on by hand
and a drawstring bag that I did have to just help him with the button holes for the cord.
All of these gifts are far more special than the most expensive gift that was bought for me and it has made me realise just how special handmade gifts can be if they are given to someone who will really appreciate the time and love put into them.
Josh was also given a budget to buy us a gift each on Amazon and this is what he ordered for me!
I am not always sure how my handmade gifts will be received but this year I watched and was pleased to see how happy everyone seemed with them. The reading pillows were a great hit with the boys as were the pj cases with the girls (faces blurred as some of my family are not very keen on the internet).
and the scarves and scrabble frames got lots of happy comments too!
How do you feel about handmade gifts both to make and receive?
I am looking forward to sharing another creative year with you all.