I believe it's there somewhere, in the heart of some people, but mostly what we see is an overwhelming commercialization of Christmas. Even the ones who were not raised christians get in the Christmas-themed frenzy.
Family traditions give me a feeling of belonging, they keep me close to my family and to my roots, and I cherish valuable memories with my family created over the years.
Christmas is a family tradition, so to me it's a time to be together with them, but my family is not here, they are way too far from here. My husband's family is small compared to mine, and it's almost gone, or far away as well. Mind you, we keep our family traditions even when is just the two of us.
However, my niece, who is finishing her Ph.D. at Cornell University and is the only member of my family living in America, will spend Christmas with us this year, and on Christmas day we all are going to NYC to see The Rockettes' Christmas Spetacular. One more Christmas memory to cherish.
This year, I didn't feel like posting any of my Christmas decorations, or talk about the menu I've chosen, or posting some Christmas diy, too many things out there... Nonetheless, this morning, I had a change of heart and felt like sharing this simple & cute diy Christmas ornament. The first time I made it was four years ago, but this is the first diy of it. I think it's still a fresh idea - little angels made from cupcake cups, or cupcake cups turned into little angels.
Paper Angel Christmas Ornament
- cupcake cups in different motifs & colors
- styrofoam balls and/or felt balls for craft
- glue stick
- regular & edging scissors
- embroidery thread
- embellishments (optional)
- Do not glue the bottom of the body, only the sides, the needle with the thread should be push up from the bottom to the top so the little ball can be attached to the body, besides leaving it unglued gives the body some volume.
- Attaching a bead, or a few beads, on top of the ball gives weight to the paper angel and adds a nice touch to it.
- Using the edging scissors to trim the wings gives them a nice finishing.
- Adding some embellishment to the dress and wings make them look more festive.
This cute and fun to make diy is perfect not only to be hung on a Christmas tree but also as a gift tag to decorate any package, don't you agree? Any other ideas on how to decorate with them?
I must confess I'm pretty happy with myself. The last time I went to a mall was in October. I did not buy any Christmas decoration, or paper wraps, even Christmas cards I did not buy. I'm using what I already have, tweaking them here and there, just being creative, and the few gifts I bought are from some local stores, small tokens of friendship and love.
I wish you all a lovely Christmas celebration. Love and Peace.