December 2: Homemade Treats
Earlier this year I was in conversation with a group of friends when one reminisced about family game night. Everyone soon waxed nostalgic about rousing games of Candy Land and Hungry Hippos when their children were younger, and then competitive rounds of Monopoly and Sorry as they grew older. I remained silent on the sidelines. See, I never played games much with the children, and I was beginning to think perhaps this deprived them of a meaningful childhood.
But as I drove home I realized what we lacked in family game night we made up for in crafty afternoons.
When the children were still in pre-school, I would plan at least two after-nap craft sessions a week. We made window clings using acrylic paint on plastic baggies, bake cookies (M&M was the favorite), and paint ornaments for every holiday.
When I discovered Creative Memories, we added scrapbooking activities to the mix, and transitioned from painting ornaments to painting flower pots, pumpkins, and t-shirts.
December was always the biggest craft time of all. The kids would help me bake a variety of cookies for the Christmas Eve platter; we decorated festive gingerbread houses; we cut-out, baked and painted clay ornaments; and one year we even stamped our own wrapping paper.
These simple traditions started a long time ago remain a part of my children’s lives. My eldest sews beautiful quilts, burpee towels and has just started hand-lettering quotes for framing; my son designs his own furniture using exquisite cuts of wood and recently developed hand-hewn iPhone/iPad holders; and my youngest bakes cookies, cakes, and any other tasty treat you can imagine, as well as knits cozy afghans and colorful scarves.
While some families may prefer playing games, and others may rather participate in sports, our family enjoys creative pursuits. The important thing is to spend quality time together. For it is these every-day moments that will make for the fondest memories.