The first year, there were only the two children. Madeline was 1 1/2 and Haley was only a few days old. I painted Madeline's hand and Haley's foot (she was much to little to keep her hand open to make a print!) with gold fabric paint and put their prints on the skirt. I continued this technique for the first few years, and then changed to just outlining each child's hand or foot.
It is so much fun (and a little sentimental) to look at the skirt each year. It just so happens that there is a baby foot every other year. Joseph said this morning, "I wonder what we'll name our baby next year?" It is neat for the children to put their hands onto past year's hand prints and see how much they've grown. I must admit, that it is a bit of a hassle to get it done each year (truth be told, I just got this year's prints on the skirt last night....shhhhh...don't tell anyone!) but when I get it done, it really makes me happy that I did it!
|4 of the prints are done with 2 more paper hands |
waiting to be traced. The cookie cutter is holding the
place where the white felt year marker will be glued down.
|Gold fabric paint purchased at JoAnn's that I use |
to trace the children's hands on to the tree skirt.
|This year's finished prints on the skirt under the tree.|
|The finished skirt under the tree.|
The first Christmas that Todd and I were married, we went to Target and bought a few boxes of glass bulbs to decorate our tree. There isn't anything wrong with that, but it just seemed so impersonal. I decided that it would be great for our children to have a "starter kit" of ornaments that they could take with them when they left home. So, each year, we give them an ornament that is somehow representative of something that child did that particular year.
Another tradition we have is playing the game "To Bethlehem" from Familyman Ministries. The goal of the game is to be the first player to get to Bethlehem with much singing, laughing and fun along the way.
|Todd with a towel on his head and the children all giving shoulder|
rubs to the person to their right..they were roaring with laughter!