We put up our Christmas tree the Monday after Thanksgiving. The kids always get so excited when the tree and ornaments get pulled out of storage, and they love decorating the tree.
We had our first snow storm to stick to the ground a couple weeks ago and Richie and Sophia couldn't wait to build a snow man, even though the temperature plummeted into the single digits as soon as the storm cleared out.
They built this cute little guy and finished him off with a cowboy hat Dad brought home from Texas and one of Sophia's scarves.
We have always had these mismatched stockings, and they have been adequate, but now there are six of us in the family and we need one for Josie, too. Last year I tried to knit a stocking for her in time for Christmas, but I didn't get it done in time and now I have no idea where it is, I have looked all over and can't find it and Josie needs a stocking. Another problem with our stockings is that mine is from when I lived at home and is the only one with a name on it, but Sophia loves it and wants it to be for her and then she decides which other stockings should be for other people, and it is always complicated and confusing because she is constantly changing her mind.
I have intended to knit all of us matching stockings, but that is such a time consuming project and I realized it might take until Richie graduates from high school to actually get it done, so I decided to sew us matching stockings instead.
I picked out different fabrics for each one and let the kids pick which one they wanted. While I was working on them Sophia drew a sketch of what she wanted her stocking to look like and even attached a swatch to the drawing. Then she taped it up to the mantle until they were all done.
To do the monogram I found a font on the computer that I liked and printed it out. Then I taped it down to the fabric and stitched around the letter with black thread and a very short stitch with the sewing machine. After pulling the paper off I used a magic marker to fill in the letter. The fabric has a snow flake pattern printed on it and I discovered that if I colored from the back of the fabric, the snow flakes really showed up.
I really love them! I am so pleased with how they turned out and I am especially happy that we all have our own stockings and there will never be any arguments about who's is who's.
As you can see, the tree is only decorated on the top because we have a busy little toddler in the house. We also haven't put gifts under the tree yet, for the same reason. Josie isn't the only one that bothers the tree, though. Sophia is always rearranging and redecorating the tree, so Josie and Grace think they need to as well. It was really driving me crazy, but I have decided it is okay because they love it and it makes them happy. Everyone is really excited for Christmas to come. The kids all got gifts for each other and they are most excited about what they got, rather than what they are getting. That makes me so happy, and I know we are going to have a great Christmas!