I've been seeing this cartoon floating around facebook where the turkey is chewing out Santa Claus for taking over his month (have you seen it? It's funny.), so I feel a bit chagrined to have put up Christmas decorations, but it just sort of happened.
Clay loves his Sunday nap, so in order to leave him undisturbed for as long as possible I involved Sam in a little project. He had been asking about Christmas stockings recently so I thought some mini-stockings would be easy and fun. It kind of evolved into a garland with jingle bells, but sometimes these things can't be helped.
If you're interested in trying the project too, it was really simple. We just made a little stocking template (slightly larger than you want the finished stockings), cut out lots of stocking shapes from fabric scraps; ginham, velvet, felted wool. Then we sewed them together and flipped them right side out. I tried to utilize the areas on the fabric that were already hemmed; the selvedge, collars and hems etc. so I didn't have to hem the top.We did a whirlwind assembly line for the stocking-making, then took our time selecting embellishments to decorate them with. Finally, I sewed on little loops and tied a bunch of silver bells to a long length of twine and then hung the stockings from the bells. The kids love making them jingle as they walk through the door.Has anyone else started thinking about Christmas decorations, or are you a saner post-Thanksgiving decorator? My parents will be here for Christmas this year, plus my little brother and his new wife, so my mom and I have already been planning what sorts of foods we want to make, how we'll decorate, what fun outings to go on. I think it must have been the snow we got this weekend that pushed me over the edge and made me get all Christmas-y at the very beginning of November though!