Perhaps I'm getting old. Or perhaps my girls are getting noisier as they get older? But let's just say, I love it when I come to the realization that all the chaos, noise and craziness has stopped and there is a sudden moment of perfect peace! I resist the urge to go and investigate what they are up to. I just wait for that screech that ends the silence. But at this time of year, it usually means they are busy crafting.
Some of this year's creations
I think all kids gets inspired, come Christmas or during their respective favourite holiday and some wonderful creations appear! Certainly my girls love to get busy digging out whatever they can find from the crafting cupboard. As they get older, of course, there are fewer shrieks for help, but even Amber, my 6 year old is great at just getting on with it and creating things all by herself. Just yesterday I found her making a lovely 'Merry Christmas' garland for her bedroom wall, cut from old scraps of paper. She also made a little wooden bead wreath for the tree. Both fairly easy but effective!
At the same time, I got a call from Yasmin my 14 year old, to set up the sewing machine. The next thing I know, she has produced 3 lovely stockings for me, her Dad and her Grandpa! These were completed with some tags, decorated with her beautiful calligraphic skills. And Zoe, my eldest, was busy meticulously wrapping presents, ready to send off to family back home in England.
Looking back, there must have been boxes and boxes of Christmas crafts made by me and my siblings. My mum would always get us busy making cards, presents and ornaments for the tree. So I like to follow in the tradition. Not only for them to get creative and keep them busy. But to relieve those stresses from a busy year at school and to encourage them to put love and effort into making things for others.
Of course it also gives me that rare chance to sit back and enjoy that perfect peace for a minute or two! To gaze at the twinkling lights on the Christmas tree, cup of tea in hand!