Even though Halloween was but a day ago, that doesn't prevent me from preparing for the holidays. Each year I try and make as many presents as I have time for.
It is important to me as a handmade sort of gal to not buy too much from stores at Christmas time. Taking part in the holiday hype does not make me feel all warm and fuzzy, actually it makes me want to kick people... oops, did I say that!? Stores suck at Christmas time there is no doubt about it, they totally dampen the mood. Instead of Fa La La La La I end up wanting to scream Fa La La La #$%@ you!
For my children I only purchase what I have to, those items that they've had their wide eyes on all year. The items too big to just buy, that only Santa can make happen. Along with those items this year, there will be more special prezzies. Last month (with Careful Christmas in mind) I found some wooden animals and barns on Etsy by some truly talented folks. The barns are made from recyled/upcycled materials, to which the shop owner (who was super friendly) noted that her family is a working family and understands the budget that comes along with that, so she offers her barns for less.
High Five! I say that is totally Careful Christmasing it up (whoop whoop), which totally gets my warm and fuzzy's going!
Besides the children, everyone pretty much will be receiving crocheted mittens. Pair after pair are piling high in a basket waiting to have loose ends woven in. Other patterns are in my yarn tote. Some started, others just waiting their turn.
A Careful Christmas makes me feel more seasonal, and holiday-esque. It's like I'm Santa's elf, helping to bring smiles to the faces of those I love. Now, I understand not everyone is artistic. But that doesn't mean you can't participate in being careful during the upcoming holiday season. There is a plethora of talented folks lining their virtual shelves on Etsy with not only holiday decor but loving gifts. You can pay by credit card, debit card, or my fav alternative Pay-pal. You can avoid the annoying crowds that sh@t on your winter cheer. If you don't see something your looking for, well... you must be uber picky! But don't fret pet, so many of the shops offer custom orders. Oh and did I mention I often find handmade gifts to be cheaper and of better quality!? Yeah.
I love nothing more than to receive gifts that are unique or handmade, it makes me feel like the person who chose it for me really cared to put in the time to select a present!
Be that person for someone else this year. Be a good gifter, don't buy crap from a sweat shop in China! Don't by an item that will be purchased by thousands of people for thousands of other people. Join the pledge and make it a handmade holiday. Support the a self serving artist! For one good deed begets another. Tis the season to pay it forward.