Friday, December 19, 2008

A Green Christmas

Well, kind of green.  If you look closely, you will see that every gift under our tree is in a fabric bag.  No paper, no plastic ribbons.   I sewed most of them.  My mom sewed and sent a few last year and there might be one or two felt gift bags from Target’s dollar section. 

This fabric bag dream started four Christmases ago.  Oliver was barely 3 months old and my mom and brother visited.  After we were done opening gifts, I was just stunned at the amount of trash we accumulated and the number of gifts our 3 month old raked in.  So, the next Christmas, I bought some fabric and ribbon to sew a few bags. Usually, I wrap the gift itself in tissue paper (which we have been reusing),so you get the sound of opening a gift and then put it in a bag.

Last year I sewed a lot of bags in all sizes.  This year, I was so happy to get them out and start wrapping up gifts.  No wrapping paper to buy or ribbons to mess with.  Each bag has a ribbon sewn into the seam, ready to tie up the bag.   For now, I have even been reusing the metal rimmed tags I bought a couple of years ago.  I am either cheap or environmentally aware. 

Dan loves the gift bags.  What man wouldn’t?  The only problem is that he is the last to buy any gifts and so has to pick from the bags that are left.  I am going to make a few more bags tonight so all my gifts will get a bag too.

My mom still reuses a gift box she got from the Disney store back in the day.  It became a joke between Kenny and I.  We would wonder aloud whose name would be on it and what could possibly fit in it this year.  Maybe my kids will do the same.

Speaking of sewing, I had planned a few mama-made gifts for the boys, but I realized I would have to make them at night and, well, I’m tired.  And, I can tell already that they are going to have more stuff then they will know what to do with on Christmas day.  Six more boxes arrived today!So, I think I will save those projects for Valentine’s Day.

I hope your holiday season is going well.  I got my cards in the mail today.  That’s something.  Last year I never got past trying to get a picture of the two of them.  Now, onto a little crafting with boys and cookie baking.

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