(Since I’ve skipped blogging for so long, my posts might be skipping all over the place too!)
My personal philosophy with Christmas cards is that I like to send something with a religious message because, well, I am celebrating a religious holiday and wishing people all the good and promise that that religious holiday entails. So, to this point, I’ve always bought Christmas cards – generally Hallmark – and enclose within a picture of my girls. Two birds with one stone! It would certainly be easier to make a simple picture card, and I’ve definitely considered doing just that, but have still done my store-bought cards to this point.
The picture of my girls enclosed in the cards this year — obviously I cut it in 2!
This year, though, it had reached mid-December and I had yet to buy the Christmas cards, and the store cards I really loved tended to be on the pricier side. And while I’m not a paper-crafter at all, paper-crafting came to the rescue!
My girls were already off school for Christmas break, so I set them down at the kitchen table with a bunch of paper and crayons and instructed them to draw something Christmasy! The results were…not blog-worthy.
I regrouped and instead pulled out a bunch of construction paper, scissors, markers and glue and this time instructed them to make Nativity scenes. I had to exert some control! And my goodness, the results could not have been better.
Elena went after this project with no instruction from me at all. Well, I did mention to her that Mary often wore a head-covering. But that was it! I LOVE what she did:
Elena is especially proud of her manger made with the hole in the middle. I think it must be a new trick she just learned.
Julia also did fabulous work although she needed a little more help. I gave her pieces of construction paper in the general size that she needed and she’d finish cutting them into shape. She also looked to her sister’s artwork for guidance. I also LOVE hers:
Now, there’s no way were were sending Christmas cards out the size of construction paper, nor were we going to craft up 70 of these! So, we then took their Nativity scenes to the copy store, shrunk them, and printed 2-to-a-page. I had intended on printing them at the proper location on cardstock so I’d just have to fold them, sign them and mail them, but the copy-worker and I were having some communication issues. At any rate, we then headed to a friend’s house and used her paper cutters and tape rollers and fashioned up our cards. They were in the mail a few days later in time for Christmas!
The finished cards — the color copies were awesome!
I must admit here that at least one of our recipients didn’t quite understand Julia’s picture and what I thought was a nice religious Christmas card. He brought it with him to visit us and was asking Julia all about the kitty she made and pointing to the kitty’s eyes and mouth? I don’t quite see it, but art is in the eye of the beholder?
Those on our Christmas card list can definitely expect to see more hand-crafted cards like this in the future. I mean, doesn’t everybody want my childrens’ artwork for eternity? I know *I’m* holding onto it forever!