I was super lucky to grow up with some great parents that encouraged us to give gifts from the heart. The things I make might not be the best or the prettiest, but they come from my heart. My first year teaching I didn't really fit in (but then again.. I am kind of an oddball.. and I don't fit in everywhere.. but that doesn't stop me!), but I knew that I wanted to do something for the whole staff . I knew that everyone enjoys getting something in their box. That started my ornaments 11 years ago. Each year I try to make them a little different so people don't have repeats. This year I am a little more behind on my ornaments (thanks to being sick this weekend!)
Thanks to Pinterest and raiding my craft closet I came up with some great gifts! See captions below each picture. Want more information on one, let me know!
|Every year I have my class help me make a holiday shirt. We have always done a Christmas tree, but this year we did a Santa! I love how it turned out!|
|This was my final project for my Secret Santa. I was pretty pleased how it turned out!|
|These are my ornaments for this year. Very vintage (a little different than my usual ornament) Found pretty scrapbook paper and used brown paper packages. Cut out stars that I had drawn and sewed them together.|
|Of course I couldn't blog all of my holiday blog without including a picture of Mr. and Mrs. Claus!|
What are your yearly traditions? I also always bake (yes.. I wrote bake!) cookies or some other treat for our cafeteria staff, janitors, office staff, and bus drivers. I have a feeling tomorrow night will be a long night, but one that makes me super happy to do!