Since I grew up in a teaching family, preparations for Christmas usually didn't start until school was out for the holiday. Then our house turned into "Santa's workshop". Each family member would get busy creating meaningful gifts for the others. Mom's gifts usually involved a sewing machine or crochet hook, and Dad's his woodworking tools. Sis and I enjoyed making glue, glitter, and fabric scraps into works of "art". A "making it" Christmas was always the best! Don't you love homemade gifts? Sometimes ideas come too late in the season, but they are always useful for "next year" or "last minute" stocking stuffers.
Here's an idea from Earth Guild for making felted soap; perfect for a "make it" Christmas, this year or next!
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