After almost two decades, I am planning a craft-free holiday season.
Gone are the books on how to make reindeer from clothespins and snowman ornaments from stale popcorn. I have pitched my glue gun, trashed dozens of half empty fabric paint containers and bid farewell to an impressive collection of iron-on holiday stencils.
These were the staples of Christmas Past. When the kids were young, I made holiday gifts for their teachers, Sunday school instructors and 4-H club leaders. At first, I insisted my children help. I wanted to be just like those pictures in magazines of mothers and children blissfully crafting beautiful projects together. Unfortunately, my family crafting sessions usually ended with spilled paint, glitter tracked throughout the house and me yelling, "No one leaves until every single one of these stupid clothes pin reindeer has a hat and a scarf!"
I soon discovered I could complete holiday projects faster without the annoying presence of my children. This saved a lot of time and fostered a gentler, kinder holiday season. I simply ordered my kids to go watch television and did it all myself. No more paint drippings or piles of glitter underfoot. Thankfully, I am so bad at crafts that teachers and other gift recipients automatically assumed my children made them. Having a few glasses of wine while painting Christmas ornaments certainly helped the primitive motif.