An Artful Christmas
- Wrap chocolate bars with holiday greetings like, "May your season be sweet" or "Merry Christmas from our home to yours." If the chocolate bar has nuts in it, you can write, "We're nuts about you! Merry Christmas!"
- Assemble a scrapbook, and glue in your favorite family recipes and photos of past holidays. Decorate it with colored paper and ribbon. Give one to each family member…they will all cherish them.
- Create a festive wine label. Print out a picture of you and your family (the size of a wine label) and glue it on top of the existing one. On red colored paper write, "Cheers to you this holiday Season" and attach it to the bottle with a piece of silver tinsel.
- Make an "I love you because…" box, and fill it with notes cut in the shape of stars from shiny gold and silver paper, each bearing handwritten messages of reasons why you love this special person.
Remember that to grow anything, we must nurture it and care for it. Water and place your pots in the sun so they will grow and blossom, and their sweet fragrance will waft throughout your home. As the tall shoots begin to sway, tie them together with silver tinsel for a festive look.
An artful way to approach this fabulous project is to cut the strips of brightly colored paper, but before you link them all together, invite family and friends to write on them a message, a quote, a wish, a thought, a word or something that they believe or hold dear. Once you assemble this beautiful garland, you will have a chain of beliefs to share in your home. This activity, and the resulting beautiful decoration, will indeed put the "happy" in "happy holidays."
You can easily make your wreath personal this year by purchasing some miniature silver frames at a dollar store. Fill them with pictures of your family and friends, and tie each to your wreath with the ribbon of your choice. Using a computer, you can turn the photos to black and white before printing them out; some people prefer color images. Remember there is no right or wrong—just what you think is beautiful.
For a more elaborate card, cut a Christmas tree shape out of green paper and have the kids decorate it with buttons, glitter and beads. Each card will be an original, a one of a kind—a masterpiece (just like its creator). The time spent together will also be a treasure.
Make a card to send online. Use a software program to create delightful digital holiday cards with your photos and then e-mail them to the people you love. Snail mail is great, but e-mail is fast. And with the new programs, it's really fun and easy to create memorable expressions of joy and love.
Colorful shredded paper makes a unique bow when tied to the top of the box with tinsel or ribbon. Or you can use strips of expensive gift paper as a decorative narrow band, framing the center of the package on top of the recycled paper as the base. These exquisite and charming creative packages are fun to make…and a gift to give.
Pass around the ornaments among all the guests in a game of hot potato. You can sing Christmas carols while playing. When the song is over, stop passing the packages. Each person will be holding a gift made by someone else at the party. Your guests can take the gift home as a party favor to hang on their tree (or somewhere special), as a reminder of the time spent with family and friends.
Tie an ornament with a brightly colored ribbon around the outside of pillar candles. This added touch makes them sparkle and shine even brighter. Go beyond fruit and berries, and use large and small ball ornaments to decorate a wreath. Personalize them with the names of each family member with a gold permanent marker. String small, glittery, round ornaments together with silver and gold beads to make a fun and festive necklace for the season or hang them from ribbon on your curtain rods to make a beautiful window treatment.
Ornaments add color and the spirit of the season to place settings for holiday brunches, desserts and gala gatherings. Use them as jazzy napkin rings, tie them on a bottle of wine and fill a glass vase with different colored glass ornaments for a centerpiece. Place them in flower arrangements or use them as name card holders.
Tuck several ornaments into your mantelpiece décor, or hang them from garlands draped over your fireplace or doorway. Hang an ornament from the rearview mirror of your car—"Deck the car with boughs of holly, fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la." There are so many delightful uses for these glittery beautiful pieces, so have fun as you use your imagination to create the holiday you imagine!
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