Amidst all that is going on right now, my children have just discovered that end of the year is looming and with the end of the year… Christmas. To say I am as usual caught just slightly off the back foot is a little bit of an understatement. But my gang has tradition on their side…and December is just days away. They know that on the first we will be picking names from the hat and they will be choosing a sibling to make an amazing christmas gift for. Normally the posts about the gifts my kids make for each other get hidden in the days after Christmas, simply because they all read this blog and it wouldn’t be right to post their surprises before hand.
This is how it works: They each create a gift from things they have found around the house, they may use nature, fabrics, paper, recycling, anything at all that doesn’t require an extra trip to the store. Also it has to be a good gift, a gift that matches their chosen sibling… and they never fail in this department… they always come up with something fabulous. The whole tradition came about when my children naturally wanted to gift each other, and they were using copious amounts of newsprint and endless rolls of tape to wrap up countless pieces of bark for each other… think about it eight kids gifting se7en others… that is fifty-six pieces of bark getting exchanged. I for one couldn’t face that… and so began the tradition of one gift for each child, lovingly made by a sibling… Most of the gifts are very easy to make and only a few required a little help from an adult.
I love the thought and work that they put into their gifts, the hours of plotting and planning and the extremely difficult task of keeping it all a surprise.