We made Jennifer's hot chocolate mix for Sunday school teachers and school teachers. The children helped to measure and mix, then I packaged the mix in bags with a little slip of instructions. I wrapped the bags in scrap fabric with construction paper holly leaves and curly gold ribbon. The children wrote the notes and delivered the bags. I am grateful for the time teachers invest in their students. . . would be nice to give gifts to all the lovely people who offer their talents and time, come to think of it.
Then I made a bag from a failed little girl dress cut from a woman's dress; into the pocket, I slipped a postcard of Christmas greetings (the horse is a joke for the family) and into the bag I slipped a loaf of Grandma's Christmas bread.
I got a lovely, unexpected package in the mail, an absolute treat from one of my blog readers! It was a pretty pile of fabric and notions, plus four wee stones covered in crochet. They look so charming sitting in the plant nursery that passes as our living room windowsills. I've started three baby jade plants from the mother plant, and started three spider plants in water.
Finally, my children outdid themselves with homemade gifts. Ben took a pair of soda tabs that he found to my husband and begged to make a pair of earrings for me. With Daddy's help, he checked with his aunts for a pair of old earrings to scavenge for parts. Then they spray-painted the tabs metallic blue. When the earrings were assembled, he put them in a tiny box and we were all so proud and pleased on Christmas morning. Genevieve gave me a beautiful beaded ring in green and blue, so I dressed in my children's jewelry on Christmas - you can see the earrings and ring in this photo.