Hope Wissel

A Crafty Christmas

This may be a little late for this year but there may still be some ambitious people out there who can pull off a “crafty Christmas” over the weekend.  As I have been reflecting on the last year and thinking about 2014,  my mind starts with all of the “shoulda”, “coulda”, “woulda” kind of things.  You may know what I mean like wanting to pay off debt but not getting very far, the vow to not use your credit cards and then you do or the big one this time of year is usually not to spend ALOT on Christmas.  Everyone’s definition of “a lot” is different but when I was reading a post on Dave Ramsey’s site about Christmas on a Crafty Budget – so many memories came flooding back…

Somewhere in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Christmas over the years and the desire to make sure that Belinda had everything that she wanted, I lost some of the meaning of Christmas.  Yes, I was one of those crazy moms who didn’t care that I went into debt.  I was a single mom and never wanted Belinda to feel like she was missing out on things.  Don’t get me wrong when she was younger, I used to make her clothes for special events and even Halloween costumes.  The sewing machine was a close friend of mine.  It took up space in my dining room and when we moved to the trailer, I had an office.   A corner of the office for my consulting business and one for my sewing.  I miss those days.  Those were the days of the crafty Christmas….

Ever heard the expression “It’s the thought that counts”? That’s usually a polite way to say, “This gift stinks, but I don’t want to hurt your feelings.”  That was always my fear just before the person receiving the handmade gift opened their present.  Only to find out, the best gifts you can give are sentimental or have some thought attached to them, not a price tag.  Some of these were: the table runners that are still used by family or the recipe file that contained all of recipes we loved that Grams made.  When I buy gifts now (non-Thirty One gifts that is) they are usually from a fellow crafter.  I love being able to share the amazing things that others create – claiming that I never have time.  Add that to my list of 50 in 500 – get back to sewing or at least making some things.

So, are you fretting about money or the lack of it and worried that you don’t have anything for everyone on your list?  Are you getting sucked into the shopping frenzy, tempted to just “charge a little” this holiday season?  Why not try some of these ideas…

  • The gift of time is a great gift for that mom that never gets a break from the kids.  Or how about a set of new parents that could use a date night.  What about spending the day with YOUR mom or dad?  Special time of just hanging out together, enjoying each other’s company.
  • Homemade goodies are always well received especially by those who have little time to bake.  Why not bake a batch of cookies and drop them off to a friend, a neighbor or even that family member that you don’t know what to give them.

I was blessed this year to have a CASH Christmas as a result of my Thirty One business.  Of course, fewer gifts were bought since Belinda’s airline ticket home as well as her books for school were her gift this year.  Practical but necessary.  For the rest of the family, gathering together over the holidays will be the best gift.

Maybe you have already finished your shopping and are having buyers remorse.  Bless and release!!!!  Now is never too late to start planning for next year.    Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

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