Our girls tell us that the handmade gifts on Christmas Eve is their most cherished Christmas tradition. We save the gift opening for the very end of the evening.
I made the girls snuggies (or snuglets). Did you know there are enough snuggies in our country for 1 in every 12 people to have one? One day I was at the fabric store trying to come up with fabric to make Helen a quilt, when Liz suggested a snuggie for her (of course Liz wanted one too). It was a brilliant idea and a huge hit for both girls--somehow I managed to surprise Liz.
It seemed like everything Liz wanted for Christmas had a treble clef on it. Her list for Santa included a treble clef hat, treble clef chocolate, and a bumper sticker that said "If you can read this, thank a music teacher." Nels obliged by making her this treble clef to hang on her wall.
Helen followed up on the music theme by making her a silk and velvet blanket for her violin. Liz was just stunned.
Helen took all the old photocopies of recipes we have collected off the web and all our favorite recipes from the family card file and created a recipe book on Lulu as a gift for her Dad. She even included photos of the family and friends who had shared recipes.
Nelson made me this bird feeder. We have already had as many as 8 birds at a time feeding on it.
She also painted this for Nels. We need to get a frame.
Nels made Helen this "Village Harmony" wall plaque. This is the group she toured with this summer.
Helen made me this sterling silver ring in her jewelry class at school.
I truly can't express how special this Christmas Eve tradition is to each of us.
We ended our evening so full of gratefulness for the love we all share.