Saturday, December 5, 2009

Good deeds.

As the recession is still in full swing in NH despite what the press and media say I am trying to teach my children to be grateful for what they have and to help others that are not as fortunate.

It surely is a struggle at times...ungrateful wretches!

Our village hosts a  "Festival of Trees" every year where business and families can make and donate a Christmas tree all decorated which is then given to a local family who have fallen on harder times.

This year I picked up a gorgeous tree in the summer and decided what a great project to do with the kids for Christmas.

I spent a fortune at "Michaels" & "Walmart" buying lolly sticks, glitter, glue, paint, candy etc. and we were ready to start our project.

I had a romantic image of us all around the kitchen table with hot glue guns singing along to Christmas songs as we made our homemade decorations.

Alas it was not to be!

The boys had little to no interest and my daughter started off with great gusto that then petered out! She did achieve alot though.

Anyway it is finished and I had to go and put it up this week ready to be on show.

That was a challenge as one set of lights died on me so I had to rush out & buy more!

Any way here is a photo of the finished product.

Our theme was " An Old Fashioned Christmas." Hence the tin foil star!


Almost American said...

What a nice tradition!

I like the cranberry and popcorn garland!

Michelloui said...

I love this post--what a great tradition. And it was nice to see the popcorn and cranberry string, for the first time since I lived in the States Ive decided to do this (hoping my daughter will be at least vaguely interested...!).

Expat mum said...

Very nice indeed. A little brood of crafters!

Daffodilly said...

The garland was a nightmare as the popcorn would break very easily..I think we should have used stale ones! Thanks for the compliments!

Karen @ If I Could Escape . . . said...

I think it looks fab! My older boys weren't too much in to decorating this year either, but my wee one more than made up for it. In fact, he's still "decorating" aka moving decorations all over!!

Thanks so much for your kind comments. Lovely to find your blog too!