Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as it is about opening our hearts.
I really try to live that out each season, and remember it often.
So many often forget that Christmas isn’t about getting – it’s about giving.
It’s not about what has our name on it under the tree – it’s about how we’ve touched those around us in all areas of our lives.
It’s so easy to get caught up in what we will buy for everyone we know, maxing out credit cards, and making sure every kid in our families has a pile of gifts bigger than they are.
Christmas is about love, doing good, and joy.
THE TRADITION: Wrap up gifts with meaning this holiday season. Don’t worry about how much to spend, or spending too much. Think about what would bring those people joy.
For instance, last time my Grandma was at my house she saw THIS crochet bookmark I made and loved it.
She asked me to make her one. I’m sure she’s forgotten all about that by now and will find a special bookmark just for her under the tree!
And she will remember seeing it before and love that I remembered.
That simple gift will mean more to her than anything I could buy from a store – it creates a memory.
So rework your Christmas lists and really think about the gifts you plan to give, create memories, and overall give to others with openness and love!
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With Red Ch 15, Sc in 2nd and across, Ch 1, turn (14)
Rows 2-11: Sc across, Ch 1, turn (14)
Row 12: Sc across, finish off, weave ends (14)
-On the second present piece, do not finish off
Ch 1, Sc pieces together around entire perimeter
-Before you finish the last 5 stitches, stuff lightly with polyfil (just enough to give the present some squish, don’t stuff firm)
-Sl st to first st of the joining sts and finish off, weave ends
With goldenrod Ch 37, Sc in 2nd and across, finish off leaving a long tail for sewing (36)
-Sew this piece around the shorter side of the present (if you hold the present horizontally, this piece wraps around vertically), weave ends
With goldenrod Ch 41, Sc in 2nd and across, finish off leaving a long tail for sewing (40)
-Sew this piece around the longer side of the present (if you hold the present horizontally, this piece wraps around horizontally), weave ends
Bow: With goldenrod, Ch 5, Sc in 2nd and across, Ch 1, turn (4)
Rows 2-8: Sc across, Ch 1, turn (4)
Row 9: Sc evenly around the perimeter of the work, sl st to join, finish off, weave ends
-Cut a piece of goldenrod yarn 3 feet long
-Pinch the center of the bow and wrap your yarn tail around the bow to secure the shape, tie a knot at the back of the bow and use the tails to sew the bow onto the front of your present where the “ribbons” overlap, weave ends
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