This year I made all of my Christmas cards from 1940s vintage scrapbook finds. Redesigning them, I used Mary Engelbreit graphics that were small and layered them on top of the vintage backgrounds for some, other non-Mary graphics for others. Stamps of holly or 'Seasons Greetings' and shiny silver chenille stems and buttons too.
I finished my card making early which was a blessing in disguise. This little graphic looked like me this week when I realized I have 'lost' the month of December!
Santa is invited to our Christmas and I spent time making cut out cookies yesterday with the my grandlittle, the most spatially gifted three-year old on the planet! That child can eye up a spot and fill every inch of rolled dough without overlapping cookie cutter marks! At one point the dough was getting warm and when I picked up one of the kings he lost his head. Three year old said, "Is that OKAY?" I fixed the king, all was well.
There are spare garnishes left for next year on my craft table. Paper craft has been exchanged for baking and wrapping, another extravaganza. Norwegian Krumkaake, Kringla and Rosettes must be made in addition to cookies.
Ding! Dong! Ding! Dong! Christmas sleigh bells are ringing! I found this leather strap of jing-tinglers for 2.00 at the thrift store, it greets me when I open my play room door.
My Christmas epistle included with the cards sent far and wide explains why some cards are signed by Einer and Rosemary and Sis Nina; they are the ultimate re-gift. The people who sent those cards must be smiling to know that the greetings they sent 60 years ago live again during Christmas of 2012. I was enthralled when the old cards included letters. "He got his wings", "I'm working in the ordnance factory", "We are in Colorado now", the writers were real people working through rationing, growing Victory Gardens and taking care of their cars because the factories were producing war machines not vehicles. It was an amazing, patriotic time in American history.