I remember when I was a child that we worked on those little craft projects that you would decorate and then place in the oven and they would shrink down to a miniature size. What I recall about that time is that it was both interesting and fun. At that age, I thought it was really strange that they would shrink so much from being placed in the oven. It was a mystery to my young mind.
I remember the sense of family as my older sister, by thirteen years, led us in the craft making process. It is a memory worth hanging on to. Such memories make me glad that I had an older sister who helped to take care of me.
Sentimentality and nostalgia come to call. Life seemed easier and simpler then. Remembering those quieter times brings a bit of peace to a complicated, and sometimes messy, adult life. It’s great to recall those gentler times.
I think making Christmas crafts can be very satisfying. Both adults and children can walk away with a sense of accomplishment. Home made crafts can also become a unique, one-of-a-kind gift to give away, made from love. Crafts can also be hung on walls or Christmas trees to help spruce up and add to the joy of Christmas celebration – or whichever holiday you might celebrate.
Now that I think about it, Christmas or holiday crafts can save money too. I don’t have to feel obligated to buy the latest and greatest decorations if I want to have something new and different to add to the season. I can escape from Christmas commercialization, even if just for the moment and not completely. I can simply make my own decorations and gifts. They would be unique and nobody else would have them. They cannot be bought in stores, because they only come from me. There is something comforting in that.
Homemade Christmas crafts are excellent for promoting interaction and building relationships between the older and younger generations. As Grandma or Grandpa help the children to learn, they make their bonds that much healthier.
David Snape writes for Make Christmas Crafts, a site that can help you learn to make Christmas crafts and decorations like a pro – even if you have had no prior experience