DI(Why): Christmas Crafting Chronicles Part 2

Written by Emily

I both love and hate Pinterest. I love it for obvious reasons–amazing home inspiration, great educational resources, organizational strategies to bring order to my chaos. I hate it for obvious reasons–amazing home inspiration, great educational resources, organizational strategies to bring order to my chaos. I am at once inspired and completely discouraged, left questioning my success as a mother, wife, human being. Pinterest makes me want to activate my third-choice super power, invisibility, so I can look into the homes of the people posting elaborate DIY crafts and orderly playrooms while mothering five children and making healthful, delicious meals and never turning on the television. Who are they? Are they tired? Ever?

A glutton for punishment and in the spirit of Christmas, I chose the holiday and events board and began my search for all things merry. Lovely, hand-made cone trees caught my eye, and I immediately envisioned a mantle full of my own lovely trees–sparkly trees, burlap trees, pearly trees. Even better, I could have my children make their own trees. Perfect Christmas decoration: check. Hands-on craft for the children: check. Merry memory-making: check.

We began this craft at 7:00, a witching hour at my house, a time when my children turn into wild animals, a time when I actually hear myself saying, “don’t come crying to me when … ” And then, “Noah, release your sister from that half Nelson.” “Chloe, stop whipping your brother with the exercise band.”

I remember Cesar Millan, the dog whisper, saying that tired, exercised dogs were less likely to misbehave. I live by this as a mother. Because really, are children that different than puppies?

So I got out the craft supplies and approached my little animals with more enthusiasm than one person should actually posses (think Mary Catherine Gallagher from SNL).

Surprisingly, they mirrored my enthusiasm and they “super-stared” their way to the kitchen to make some trees.

They enthusiastically prepared the cereal boxes:

Cococone

That looks like enthusiasm, right?

They were floored when the cereal box was completely rolled into its cone-tree likeness.

Conehorn

Or horn likeness–you know, whatever.

And then it was time to bring their trees to life.

craftingkidsEven Sylvie contributed.

SylvieCrafting

At this point it was 7:45:

conetreeprep

And then it was 8:30:

finaltree

I love a Christmas craft, but I’m not going to forgo bedtime. I have my limits.

The next day, our trees looked like this:

finaltree

The next day, they looked like this:

finaltree

Finally, at around 7:00 on the fourth day, they became swords and were completely destroyed.

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Much pleasure thou can’st give me;
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Much pleasure thou can’st give me;
How often has the Christmas tree
Afforded me the greatest glee!
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Much pleasure thou can’st give me.

3 comments for “DI(Why): Christmas Crafting Chronicles Part 2

  1. Mea
    December 10, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Love this! It’s exactly like me, except I never actually get to the crafting part anymore!!! Lolol! Thank you for being a little less perfect, so I can love you and myself a little bit more! XO!

  2. December 11, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Love it! I know the kids had fun no matter whether the end result was swords or decorations!

  3. Michelle
    December 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Thank you for making me feel human….I love this! And the Kids!

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