Another sentimental ornament on my tree is this vintage glass lantern. In Christmases past, this lantern hung on my mother in law's Christmas tree. It's paint is rubbing off in places, and it's definitely seen a better day, but it just wouldn't be Christmas without this ornament on our tree.
We even have sentimental toys here. I love Melissa and Doug products! They are very sturdy, child friendly, and the kids are occupied for hours! This specific toy is great! They can build...something...by attaching the pieces into little cuts made in the sides of the wooden pieces. Too large to be a choking hazard, while encouraging imaginative play.
There's Holiday baking this time of year, too. Normally I try to make everything from scratch. These brownies were delicious. I like how powdered sugar gives the illusion of a "dusting of snow". It just so happens these brownies....
were from a box mix...and I would gladly argue the America's Favorite claim.....America hasn't tasted what I can make from scratch....(HA!)
The apple pie cookies on the other hand....
I made from scratch. I went a little crazy with the apple pie cookies this time. I have a teeny, tiny, apple shaped cookie cutter....so I used it to cut apples from my apple slices for the center of the cookies...
Something else I really enjoy, and holds sentiment for me, homemade, hand crafted gifts. More specifically, crocheted afghans, crocheted slippers (shaped like rabbits from Aunt Linda), and homemade flannel night gowns. I found an afghan online that I just fell in love with. It had a beautifully designed edging, and well, I don't crochet. I sent the link to my friend Liz and she was quick to inform me that her mother could re-create the afghan, fancy edging and all, for me. I gave them my color preferences, and just a couple weeks later this beautiful afghan was ready..
She will open it on Christmas morning and I'm oh so thrilled. I have a homemade afghan for each of my children. My oldest two were both have ones made by Aunt Linda. It was all important to me, that my children had something from Aunt Linda, as I have many Christmas memories of having handmade slippers, pj's, and even homemade pound puppies from Aunt Linda.
This Christmas we're focusing on sentimental memories. Memories that we'll pull out later in life and run through the fingers of our mind like a string of favored pearls. A lot of those memories include holiday related crafts, with a few messes on the side.
I hope all of you are finding the sentiment. The joy in making memories. Hold onto them, because our time to make memories with eachother is fleeting.