Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Trendy for the Tree

Some motifs just live on and on, often without explanation, and even find their way onto the Christmas tree...

The Mustache 
The Owl
The Owl 
The Sugar Skull

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Less Can Be More

I just read an interesting article that really alligns with my family Christmas plans. The article is called 'Three-gift Christmas' parents try to bring some reason to the season'.

TODAY contributor, A. Pawlowski writes, Inspired by the notion that Jesus received three gifts from the Wise Men on December 25 -- gold, frankincense and myrrh – many parents are saying they, too, want a three-gift Christmas for their children. Some do it for religious reasons. Others try it to save money, ease the stress of the holidays or get away from the commercialism that permeates December.

I would have to put a check mark on all of those reasons. We've been practicing minimal gift giving as a family for several years. We prefer to spend our time experiencing many of the special moments of Christmas - like driving down Christmas Tree Lane looking at all the decorated homes, attending our church's Christmas play, having friends over for a gift exchange, watching holiday movies, and just staying at home enjoying our family and our decorations. Best of all, by keeping the gift giving to a minimum it keeps our 'greed-o-meters' in check. I don't like feeling discontent with my life because I don't have the latest gadgets or must-have items that are all on sale. We purposefully keep the commercialism to a minimum so we can be thankful and celebratory of the true reason for Christmas.

What about you? Do you plan to splurge or keep the gift-giving to a minimum this year?

Monday, December 9, 2013

Arm Knitting Craze

There's a hot trend for winter that seems to be a favorite craft amongst Millennials: Arm Knitting! Have you heard of it? No knitting needles required—all Millennials need are their own two hands and about 30-minutes to spare to create the chunky knit scarf of the season.  
Arm knitting is a growing trend, with over 300 boutiques on Etsy selling knitted goods made using this method. According to The Wall Street Journal, the technique combines several things that are appealing to Millennials: crafts projects, chunky knitwear (featured on the fall 2013 runways), social media and instant gratification. Unlike traditional knitting, which has been passed down from generation to generation, the arm knitting craze has gone viral--you can find info and inspiration on Pinterest and YouTube, where there are a plethora of tutorial videos that are easy to follow.  
Before you know it you'll be an expert at the quickest way to make a chunky scarf, and you'll be on trend, too!


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