Christmas crafting


Why is it that crafts from Pinterest look nothing like what I make at home?

I’ve tried all sorts of Christmas crafts, and pinned dozens of ideas. (And you can too, or see what I’ve tried.)

The candy cane wreaths, the hazelnut glue-gunned squirrels, the present tags, the candy cane place cards, the reindeer gingerbread cookies, the gold lettered poinsettia leaf place cards, the gingerbread houses…they all look so perfect on Pinterest.

Still, I put my hand to sewing (yikes!) throw pillow covers and chicken roost curtains, or beading handmade snowflakes, and creating handmade advent envelopes.

I am notoriously awful at it, and yet I try.

Why craft?

  • Because I’m trying to find some activity that has absolutely no perfect end, no ultimate purpose; an activity where I can just be with my kids. No pressure and expectation. Just play.
  • Because trying something new, something I am not naturally good at, might compel me to think about other novel things I might be interested in. Inspire me towards something else.
  • Increase fine motor control skills. Like sewing. Where I pull out the sewing kit and try to recreate throw pillows, my husband pulls out his sutures and sews aging footballs and broken trampoline netting (and when he’s at work, he sews people). You guess who’s better at it.
  • I will never regret the giant Merry Christmas poster my ten year old artfully painted. The oodles of Christmas tree decorations I will have long after grandchildren come to visit. We are making handheld memories.
  • Learning to give homemade gifts for friends, even if it’s just a handwritten Christmas card, jar of peach preserves, almond lotion bars or rosehip eye cream. Sharing from the heart. 
  • There are academic benefits to encouraging creative pursuits. Who knew! I’m sold.

If you still aren’t sold, this clever millennial will inspire you, possibly compel you, but definitely entertain you…