It’s the most wonderful time of the year, the time of giving gifts, decorative lights, great food, and unique activities that are only done at this time of year.
I remember years ago my mom decided to help us kids remember the importance of Christmas and giving, rather than receiving. We decided to prepare 12 gifts and deliver them the 12 days before Christmas, anonymously, to someone who could use a lift during the season.
I will never forget doing this great service to our neighbor next door. He had recently lost his wife and was very lonely. Although he was an older man, he was convinced that he was going to catch the person who was bringing him gifts each night. My sisters and I remember hiding under cars, around bushes, and being as sneaky as possible so Mr. West wouldn’t see us. He never knew who gave him those gifts but I will tell you that, though I was very young in age, I still remember that feeling as I panted back inside my home door, knowing that I had done a good deed.
That is what Christmas is about. Not about receiving, but about giving. This year, my siblings and our children all decided that rather than spending money on frivolous gifts to give to each other that we didn’t need, we would gather together to prepare gifts to recreate those same great memories for our kids. We prepared the 12 days of Christmas to deliver to a special family in need within our neighborhood. We read a book to the kids, which was about the feeling you get when you give something of yourself to someone else and expect nothing in return.
It was a fantastic evening, and I wanted to share the printable documents with you as a small gift to all of you amazing scrappers. Thank you for sharing your life with others through creativity.
Below are some tips and instructions as you might prepare these tags and pass along this wonderful service activity to a person within your community.
List of what to purchase:
1. Box of hot cocoa
2. Dish towels
4. Gift wrap
5. Soup mix (such as Bear Creek)
6. Paper plates
8. Rolls (Rhodes or pre-baked)
9. Holiday cookie rolls (Pillsbury)
10. Drinking cups
11. Frozen lasagna
12. A CD full of holiday music
Supplies for tags:
3 pieces of white cardstock
1 ½” circle punch
2” scallop circle
Corner rounder (1/4” inch)
12 – 3” pieces of holiday ribbon
7 holiday sacks (I got mine at Target for $0.25 each!)
1. Print out tags on white cardstock
2. Cut the circle tags with a 1 ½” circle punch.
3. Cut rectangular tags 3 ½” x 2”. Round edges on right side of tag.
4. Use a 2” scallop circle punch and punch 12 circles out of dark green or pattern paper.
5. Attach printed circle inside of green scallop circle.
6. Attach circle to rectangle, with ½ of the circle hanging over the edge.
7. Place a strip of ribbon vertically over tag. Lay over the folded over bag and staple to bottom portion of green scallop circle.
8. Tie a knot with ribbon.
Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a VERY happy new year!
Mandy Douglass, CK Contributing Writer