Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Pootles – Affectionately Yours with Tangerine Tango & Copper
Merry Christmas Everyone!
It’s Christmas Eve and we are starting our annual traditions in our house. I’ll come to those in a minute but I wanted to share today’s card first.
My children are very much part of my crafting life when I hit a stumbling block. Sometimes I let them run their hands across my cardstock racks to choose colours for me, or other times I’ll call out for one of them to suggest an embellishment to finish off a project. This year I’ve shared some of their projects along the way, and today I called upon little Oliver to choose my colour.
I’d already put together the copper background, piece of DSP and the strip of washi tape, but I wasn’t sure which colour to go with it. He chose the Tangerine Tango and I think he got it right!
I pulled the whole thing together by wrapping Copper Thread around the butterfly and put a swirl of PootleLoops behind it.
We both loved it and hope you do too!
But onto our traditions. As a family with small young children, we learned years ago that trying to eat a long main meal on Christmas Day when there were brand new gifts in the room next door was not something that a small boy enjoys. My children are great eaters but the draw of new gifts was too overwhelming and they ended up really fidgety and didn’t enjoy the meal.
And other than last year, Chris had worked some or all of Christmas Day for about 7 years on the trot with his job, so that added to logistical problems as to when to cook and eat…
So about 8 years ago we decided to have our main meal on Christmas Eve instead. It was quirky timing because Chris was working a full 12 hour day shift on Christmas Day and we just decided we’d have a go at the meal on Christmas Eve and we’ve done it ever since. The boys know that Christmas isn’t just a day. It’s only one day for gifts, but we celebrate for many more days than that and starting our festivities early is a sign for them that it’s OK to start getting excited!
We try to get out in the afternoon too and always settle down with hot chocolate and a movie. It’s the small traditions that you create and make when children are young that they will remember forever.
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone, I shall be back here on Boxing Day, 26th.
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