- I love the lights on the tree and sitting and looking at it. Not only that, I love when my family sits there with me and we sing carols together. I have blogged about that before. It is one of my favorite traditions. It makes me happy when I hear that my children have incorporated this tradition in their own homes.
- I don't need to bake or cook as much, but today as I made our family's favorite fudge recipe to share, I realized that I was feeling the spirit of Christmas in my heart. You can't beat some of those old favorite recipes and the memories that they bring.
- I love to have little children around and talk to them about the Savior. I love to look at the Nativity scenes all around and have them show me Baby Jesus and the other figures. I did that today with my granddaughter and I was amazed at this almost 2 year old and how she could point out Jesus and Mary and Joseph without any problem.
- I love finding a special gift for someone and knowing that they will love it!
- I really enjoy taking treats to friends and family and giving to those in need.
- And finally, I realized this year that if I don't craft or hand make at least one gift or decorative item each Christmas that something is missing from my holiday. I need to put myself into something and do more than just make a purchase. (Even though I do plenty of that!)
* 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.