This was the cry of my next door neighbour when she heard we were having a second hand or handmade Christmas! She just didn't get it. She then asked 'is it like a theme or something?'.... and then (embarrasingly) offered us some of her children's old toys etc which she had been throwing out to make way for all the new ones they would get at Christmas!
It's certainly been a challenge, but we have stuck to our second hand or hand made Christmas this year, and do you know what? It has been fun.
We have given bags of home made fudge to people, Hope and I have great fun making this, rolling the mixture in edible Christmas sparkles.
I have to show you a picture of the 'rejects' which were not good enough to be given away - but nevertheless were not wasted!!
I have sewn my socks off...
and this is the list of hand made Christmas presents.....
7 dumpling purses
1 'in the garden' sign
5 scrappy tote bags
2 zippy pouches
3 small zippy wallets
2 pairs of oven gloves
3 draw string bags
1 pencil case
and a sausage dog draft excluder
Everything is wrapped and ready to go
Hope was thrilled this year to actually have her own presents to wrap for everyone - either things she has made e.g. calendars and pictures or things she won on the tombola!!! She especially loved the sellotape.
Here she is with her parcels....
And, yes they were taller than her when laid out in a row!
I hope she will begin to learn this year that giving can be just as special as receiving.
So - (I know this is early, but I think my internet time will be curtailed as from tomorrow!!), Merry Christmas to you all