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When I was a young mother, I would work so hard to do everything during the holidays to help my family feel the true meaning of Christmas. I wanted them to know why we celebrated and I also wanted them to feel the magic of the season. We watched every Christmas special, we drove around and looked at lights, we did acts of service for others, we sang carols, we read about the birth of the Savior, we went and saw Santa, we put up the tree and decorated it, we got gifts for each other and had fun secrets. I baked and made candy and decorated the house like crazy. I loved it! My kids loved it! But, now that my children are all adults, it has been quite a transition to not being the one that everyone looks to to make Christmas special. I have grandchildren and their families have their own traditions that they are creating and plus other grandparents to be involved with. This year, I had decide to take a look at what really puts me in the Christmas Spirit and to concentrate on those things. Here is what I have realized about myself:
It took me a while to come up with what I could make this year. But, as you know, I have been loving the buffalo plaid decor this year and I actually had purchased a Christmas Tree from Walmart for my table. I decided that I needed more of them and wouldn't it be great to use a cinnamon stick as the trunk and a wood slice as the base. I thought how great to give a little tree with my plates of goodies! So, I whipped some up and here is how I did it:
Coordinating plaid flannel fabric
* I used the tree that I already had as a guide to make a pattern. But, I also made smaller ones and then cut out two pieces for each tree. Then, with right sides together, stitch around each tree, leaving the bottom open a few inches in the center.
* Trim the seams and points of the branches and then flip the tree right-side out.
* Stuff Fiber fill into the corners at the top of the tree. Wrap a cinnamon stick with fiber fill around the top portion and push it up through the opening at the bottom. Then, fill around it with more fiber fill, especially shoving it into the corners.
* When it is nicely stuffed, stitch the bottom closed with a whip stitich across and going around the trunk.
Tip: When choosing a cinnamon stick, try to get one with a nice round end so that it will fit neatly in a whole the size you have a drill bit for.
* Drill a hole through your wood slice and glue the cinnamon stick in it for your tree to stand.
What gets you into the Christmas Spirit? I would love to hear from you!
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12/24/2019 09:52:54 am
Baking puts me in the Christmas spirit too, especially when I make family recipes from years gone by. Love your sweet little trees, Helen! I've just shared this post on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page. Merry Christmas!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!