Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Crocheting for the Holidays

The holidays are sneaking up on us, have you started your holiday shopping/crafties? I am just getting started and oh my goodness, I have LOTS to do!! Luckily though, it doesn't involve walking through a mall or a crazy department store - just sitting cozy in my bed with the exception of sore hands [crocheting].

Since I only started crocheting a few months ago, this year is unlike any other year. Can you guess why? Well, I am going to be making stockings, garlands, gift wrap, new traditions and definitely making gifts. Lets go back a couple steps; New Traditions. A huge part of this has to do with who I've become over the past 2 years and what I've learned.

To give you a little breakdown, there won't be any commercial figurative characters involved. My thoughts and feelings towards this holiday is to celebrate love, family and appreciation of one another and your fellow neighbours.

This photo I found via Pinterest caught my eye in such a warming and loving manner. It wasn't just the photo that caught my attention but the caption as well. "Stockings on mom and dad's bed. Kids come in on Christmas morning and cuddle and open stockings before heading downstairs". Doesn't that just warm your heart? This will be one of my new traditions, hands down.

Another new tradition, now hold on to something I wouldn't want you falling off your chair. For personal and religious reasons I won't be putting up a tree this year, or any years to come. I've been brainstorming some alternatives to the classic tree. One route to go could be getting a fairly large bedsheet and have your family draw and/or write their views and feelings on love and family and what it means to them. This would then get put up on the wall where the gifts would be placed near by. Each year the family can add to it, write dates, special memories, new family members, ect. 

The holidays wouldn't be the same without the warm foods and beverages that are made around this time. Peppermint Hot Chocolate is a BIG tradition we've been doing for awhile now, they are just so yummy.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Candy Canes
Hot Chocolate Mix
Whip Cream
Peppermint Extract

Place a few candy canes in a ziploc bag and close it. Take a rolling pin or hammer and smash them up. An alternative is to put them in a blender.
Add your hot chocolate mix to hot water or hot milk (I like to do half and half) and a 1-2 drops of peppermint extract (depending on your own preference).
Add whip cream on top and sprinkle with broken candy cane pieces.

Stay tuned for more!

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