When we were older, my mom decided Christmas had become too commercial and she instituted a policy that all Christmas gifts from one family member to another, would be homemade. So began a decade of hand knitted scarfs (made from homegrown, handspun wool), handyman projects, custom tile work, photography, baked goods, sewn crafts, painting, welding and wood working. Whatever you developed a skill for, that was your ticket to gift giving. We continued this tradition until life, children and geography pulled us our separate ways and we could no longer all celebrate the holiday together every year.
My dad is also a wood craftsman and his projects were always highly anticipated and kept top secret until the unveiling, Christmas morning. The first year, he made everyone a utility stool from clear grain redwood. 25 years later it still is the first thing I grab when I'm out in the garage and need a lift or a seat.
If you haven't yet figured out your Christmas shopping list and are wondering what to get that special someone in your life, this Holiday, why not try making something with your own two hands? You might not realize how valued and appreciated your gift will be. A half century from now, someone might be looking at your labor of love, and remembering you and the precious moments you spent together. It's a gift that keeps on giving.
Be sure to share your project ideas and holiday traditions with us here or at our FB home, www.facebook.com/thepocketfarmer.
Hope to see you there! :)