*Edited to answer a couple more questions. It must have been late because it felt like a really long post. Wasn’t really.
I am posting today in response to Sew, Mama, Sew’s Handcrafter’s Holiday blog meme. And could someone tell me how to pronounce “meme?” It is really driving me crazy.
I can’t post about any of the gifts I have made, because they are all for people who might stop by this blog and ruin their surprise. Now, I have avoided this in the past by posting a disclaimer at the top. But, there are certain brother-in-laws who also read this blog who I know would ruin the surprise for his wife even if I did post a disclaimer. That being said, we’ll be skipping the handmade gift questions for now. Poo.
Do you have any good stories about handcrafted gifts you’ve given or received?
My sister makes a blanket for each of my kids when they are born (ahead of time, really). Two of the four have become the comfort item for that particular munchkin. Catherine still sniffs her “green blankie” for comfort, and Joseph’s quilt is attached to him at the hip.
Juliet is wrapped up in hers as we speak and Seth loves his and refers to it as his “green blankie” even though it is orangey/red. They wouldn’t mean nearly as much to me if they were store bought blankets that they had attached themselves to. They were made by someone that loves them very much and for some reason, that makes all the difference in the world. (cue cheesey muzak). Speaking of muzak, does anyone remember that Calvin and Hobbes where Calvin decides to listen to Muzak to rebel? Love that kid.
Name one thing on your personal wish list.
Those cool gloves at American Eagle with the fingers cut off. And for every American to know what the capital of Canada is. And no, I’m not Canadian.
What is your favorite family holiday tradition?
I don’t think this was meant to be a tradition, but every year as Christmas Day neared we would each stack up our presents. We would inspect them, shake them, and smell them. I remember one year we all (the girls, I think) received geometrically shaped presents from my grandmother. I think mine was a hexagon and we could not figure out what those presents were! We even peeled the paper back a little bit to catch a little peek, but we still didn’t know. The mystery was more fun than the receiving, I think! They ended up being nested boxes that we used for jewelry and other small things.
We always watched the Claymation Christmas every year as well as Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas. I really should find a copy of those!
I’ve heard of families using code names for each of the children that they had to figure out. For example, one year they were all one of the seven dwarves. So they didn’t know who’s present was who’s until they figured out the code. I think that would be fun when the kids get older.
Have you started any new traditions with your family that you didn’t practice growing up?
I’ve noticed over the years that a lot of traditions evolve into such. I always thought that we would decide something was going to be a tradition and that’s how it was going to be, but most of our traditions haven’t worked that way. One is that we make chocolates every year for friends and neighbors. Sometimes they are elaborate and some years they are just chocolate dipped pretzels. The kids helped me this year (much more fun with help):
What is your favorite holiday food?
We have pozole every year for Christmas Eve dinner. I thought it would be much more manageable than the traditional Christmas tamales.
If you’re interested in the recipe, send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m not quite sure where it is at the moment….I’ll have to spotlight it on my computer.
What do you love most about the holiday season?
I love that even though it is cold outside, I feel warm. All the decorations and music and talk of the baby Jesus makes me feel all warm and happy. I also think it helps that in Utah, December is generally snowy and when it snows it doesn’t feel very cold.
What do you like least about the holiday season?
When it ends. January is always so cold and depressing. People have their Christmas trees in the street waiting to be picked up and there’s nothing really to look forward to except…..Martin Luther King Day. Yay. Oh yes, and Presidents’ Day.
That’s all folks. For those of you who made it to the end, congrats. It might have been slightly more interesting than Kerflop’s posts about Flax Seed Oil and loosing ten pounds via poop. I’m not going to link to her cause then she’d know that I find her detox posts (and such) incredibly boring. And I don’t want that, I usually love her random musings. Except when she goes off on copyright law. And decorating styles. But you know, when you’re a super blogger like herself…..you can write about collard greens and people will still care. Props, my sistah. Props.