If you have never tried the menu mailers from Cooking Traditional Foods, I highly recommend you try them out. They are worth their weight in gold! Even though KerryAnn has the most affordale menu mailers that I have found on the net, they are still out of my budget right now. Thankfully, I have a chance to win a subscription and so do you! Go on over an enter to win. I am!
I have to tell you, I splurged an bought the Christmas mailer and it was worth every penny I spent and then some.
I had planned to blog my craft/sewing gifts thru the Christmas season. Its my favorte time of year but sadly life got in the way of the blogging. I was ill all last week and did not finish my Christmas sewing so a few close family members got IOU’s for a few things. The hair clips in the picture were for my husband’s nieces. I made those on Christmas day after church. I was still feeling quite ill and shaky that day so they aren’t as good as they should have been but the girls loved them. I will be working on those IOU gifts this week and then I am going to make a tree skirt for next year and an advent calendar and the list just goes on and on and on LOL. I also have some hair bows/clips to make. And, in the mix, I may be packing to move this month. I just do not know, at this point, what the plan is. Anyhow, its going to be busy.
Recently a friend of mine put a picture in her status of a tombstone that read Santa Clause. Some of her friends commented about how their parents never tricked them with “that foolishness”. Another lady commented about how she always enjoyed playing Santa. Naturally I felt the need to weigh in.
For my family Christmas is full of traditions. I loved the Santa tradition when I was a child. I was not resentful of my parents when I found out Santa was not real. I did not consider them liars. And never, ever, did it shake my faith in the Lord. You see, we knew Santa was a once a year tradition. We did not pray to Santa, we did not commune with him daily, we did not worship him. Most importantly, we did not depend on him for our salvation.
It offends me deeply when people who don’t do Santa feel that they are justified or righteous when they tell my children that Santa is not real. It is not their place to judge us or to correct our children and frankly I want to smack them right off of their high horse for thinking that thy have a right to get involved in something that is clearly not their business just because they don’t agree.
You see, for us, playing Santa is as much a tradition as putting up a Christmas tree, baking cookies, making and exchanging gifts, listening to Christmas music, and getting together with family. And it is also make believe. In my humble opinion, it is no different that crawling around on the floor pretending you are a lion or your little girl pretending she is cooking on her toy stove or daddy saying “you are my little princess” (clearly the majority of daddies are not true kings so little Jenny is not really a princess) or any other pretend play. My children know which animals God created to fly and which He did not. They know elves are mythical creatures, they know the North Pole is not inhabitable. They also know magic is not real. And yet, we still have fun with the Santa tradition. When the kids are young they love getting that extra present and full stockings. When they are older they continue the fun by helping pick out the Santa present and the stocking gifts.
You see, this is part of our holiday celebration and I would no more want your opinion on how we do it than I would want your opinion on which family members to invite, what kind of cookies to decorate, or which tree to choose. I am quite tired of people questioning my faith because we choose to continue with a fun tradition as part of our Christmas celebration.
Santa and Jesus do not connect in any way shape or form anymore than Jesus and the tree, etc. Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas but how we do that is no one’s business. I don’t tell you that you are a bad parent (nor do I think that) because you elect not to have Santa as part of your holiday celebration.
Since this is a hot button issue I won’t be publishing any comments that are posted to this topic. You are welcome to celebrate Christmas in whatever manner you choose. All I ask is that you be respectful of other people’s traditions even if you don’t approve or agree with them.
Today we went to the tree farm to pick out our Christmas tree. Despite the cold, we wandered around for quite a while before finding the one we liked best. When we found it, my husband cut it down, and dragged it back to the truck. We all had a fantastic time looking for the “perfect” tree.
Abby needs new skirts all the time (she is growing so fast!) and we had some of this adorable Christmas fabric so we made her a quick and easy skirt. It was super simple. I measured her waist and added 10 inches and then divided that in half and the width was then 26inches from the fold of the fabric. We wanted it 22 inches long so I measured down the fold 22inches and then cut across so I ended up with a rectangle of cloth that was 52 inches wide and 22 inches long. I then cut a strip of fabric that was 72 inches wide and 10 inches long for the ruffle. I used a 1in seam allowance. I sewed up the largest rectangle on the long side. Then I sewed the short ends of the ruffle together. Gathered the ruffle and stitched it to the bottom of the skirt. Hemmed the bottom and put elastic in the top and it was all done! It took maybe an hour and a half to make from start to finish and she loves it!
I want to try one of these Lilla Rose clips so much! If you want to try one, too, head on over to The Imperfect Housewife and enter the giveaway too!
I am so excited about this give-a-way. We get the Vision Forum catalog every year and my children fight over who gets too look at it first and then they take turns pouring over it and telling us all of the wonderful things they want out of it. The company is fabulous to order from as well. Their shipping is fast and they have fabulous daily deals! If you are looking for Christian books or cd’s, dvds, or toys that are uplifting for family and that edify Christ then this is the place to go.
A Wise Woman Builds Her House is having a fabulous give-a-way consisting of 3 gift certificates just in time to do some Christmas shopping! Head on over to enter but HURRY! It ends on December 3rd and you don’t want to miss out on this one!