My head is always overflowing with creative ideas, and there’s nothing I like better than turning them into reality. And so I spend lots of time making things. But they’re things no one can hold. You see, I’m a virtual creator. I make things while tapping on my computer keyboard.
But during Advent it’s different. At this time of year, I make real 3-dimensional things. And so do my girls. You might find us at the kitchen table kneading a huge lump of salt dough. Or we could be glueing bits of scrap paper to 1L milk cartons. We enjoy getting our hands sticky and our faces covered with flour as we make inexpensive Christmas gifts and tree decorations.
There are some Christmas things we don’t need to make. (We made them years ago.) They only need to be unpacked from the Christmas box in the garage, and placed around our home. We hang our Jesse Tree on the wall, place our wreath on the kitchen table and arrange our nativity set on our family altar. Despite being made out of inexpensive materials such as felt and salt dough and cornflake box cardboard, they are all family treasures.
It’s Monday and I’m writing about Christmas. Have you guessed this is the topic for this week’s podcast? In this episode…
- I share ideas for gifts, home-made and to buy, that are inexpensive and don’t add to the pile of ‘stuff’ we all have
- I talk about some of our Advent traditions which bind our family together
- I also tell you a little bit about my son Thomas’ birthday and a grief idea I am excited about