We were struggling to hold a family together while everyone else we knew was busy dusting little villages with snow.
But now that I can afford my own Dickensian world, I find that I don't want one. At least not one that has to be packed and stored.
There are two ways to create family Christmas memories.
The first centers around "product": favorite decorations, new items for a collection, consuming of certain foods, the buying and opening of gifts.
The second memory maker uses process.
I want our family to remember the fun we had making wreaths, sticking cloves in oranges, driving around to look at lights. The "products" don't always exclude "the process," but they can steal the show if we're not careful.
Mothers, we are the family memory makers. It is up to us to build traditions, not just buy them.
We've created our own winter village scenes--of humble materials, but fun to design. At the end of each season, they are photographed and thrown away.
Next Christmas, we'll delight in another year's worth of ideas and be glad we didn't have to store them in the meantime!
- Everything you need is in the kitchen. Save food boxes. Those with cellophane "windows" make great shops, aluminum foil "lakes", oatmeal box towers, etc.
- Martha Stewart mica glitter is glorious, but table sugar makes a beautiful substitute. We "sugar" every building over wet paint or glue.
- Shred old tissue for snow, or let the little ones have at a roll of toilet paper. At 25 cents a roll, it will be the cheapest blizzard ever.
- Don't get overwhelmed by making an entire village. We usually make a building a day over a week's time.