What Makes Christmas Special: SpoiledFelinesArt – #EtsyCIJ 2018

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

What makes Christmas special? – spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt

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1. What makes Christmas special to you?

I think what makes Christmas special for me is being able to spend the holiday with my family. I have a very small family, and when we were young it was easy to get everyone together … now that we’re older it seems to be harder to get everyone together during the year … but we do come together for the holidays, especially at Christmas time!

2. How do you make Christmas as special to others?

Everyone comes over to our home, and mother has always cooked our Christmas dinner … but she’s been ill, for several years, so I’ve taken over cooking Christmas dinner to keep that tradition alive!

3. What are three words that best describe Christmas to you?

Family, Food and Fun!

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4. What are you most looking forward to for Christmas 2018?

My niece is expecting her second child around the end of Nov./early Dec. … so I am looking forward to the arrival of the newest family member, and also spending time with her young son (he just made 1 yr. old)!

5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/spoiledfelinesart

Twitter: www.twitter.com/spoiledfelines1

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Starting an Heirloom – Christmas Family Traditions

Christmas in July
Heirlooms and Family Traditions

Do you want to start a family heirloom?  Here’s one idea.

Traditions within families for special holidays such as Christmas seem to come and go.  Some last, others fade with the year.  To kick off this blog, thought it would be fun to see what traditions within your family stayed the test of time.

One thing that comes to mind is for several years, my mother put out two white cotton sheets on the dining table.  The sheets would become tablecloths for my sister and me.  All the family and/or guests were required to draw on the sheets.  (If you do not know how to embroider, you can alter the idea using permanent ink pens.)

We each had a pen with blue ink and each drew something free hand, whatever we wanted. Everyone was included.  Then my mother took the sheets and embroidered them.

One sheet would be for my sister and one would be for me.  It was a labor of love and
we treasure our tablecloths.  Each year we would get to draw another of our drawings
and she would embroider those as well.  We accumulated many drawings and memories
of those who were not with us any longer, and watching the kids grow up, complete
with food stains that would not come out.  It brings a smile to see the love we had
around the table on Christmas Day.  Photos are from 1994.

I have a few snapshots of portions of the finished
tablecloths.  I’ll try to get one this Christmas of a bigger picture.
Right now, the dining room table is the craft table and in  no shape to display a lovely tablecloth.

What family tradition stays in your mind?  If you have children, what would
you like to create for a lasting memory?  I am interested in everyone’s ideas.
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