I enjoy the holiday season. I love getting together with family and friends, talking, giving them a little something to show them that they are important to me and that I appreciate them. So shopping for others has always been enjoyable for me. As much as I enjoy shopping I have to say that I love making things even more.
So in October of 2012 when my sister and I were at the hospital and we passed a massive mobile made of origami cranes and my sister casually said, “Mom, says she wants one of those. She really likes it.” an idea formed. I ran to the store and purchased some origami paper. I spent the next few weeks teaching my children how to fold the colorful paper to make different animals. Soon, their toy room was filled with paper animals which my youngest played with constantly. When it started getting cold and December rolled around about a month and a half later I got the three kids together and each night we folded a few cranes and then put them away. Once we had a large pile of cranes I snagged a few metal hangers and string. The day before Christmas Eve I strung the birds onto the string and then hung it in my closet. It was a pain transporting it from my place to my parents’ house across town. By the time I got it inside and hid it upstairs I had to spend twenty minutes untangling it. I went back down to join the family and watched the kids open their gifts. My kids distracted their grandma while I ran upstairs to bring her gift down. She was thrilled with it, even though it was no where near as good as the one at the hospital. It hung in her window up until they got a cat a two years ago and had to take it down so the cat wouldn’t ruin it.
Last year we made her some Christmas throw pillows. This year we bought her something that we knew she would love but next year we are making her a little Christmas quilt for her couch. I enjoy making things for people who are going to enjoy what we made. The only thing about that mobile we made that I would change would be that I would have added more cranes. The mobile is my favorite gift that I have given because it brought such a big smile from my mom and for such a long time after she would tell us how much she enjoyed it whenever we came for a visit.
Would you rather buy someone something or do you enjoy making gifts for your loved ones?