Truth be told, I'm not a natural "crafter". As I mentioned on Monday, my sister just gave me my first officialish craft supplies last year. I'm finding that I love it, but it's all pretty new. And when it comes to crafting with my kiddos, I just don't naturally think to do it. And when I do think about it, I feel like I never have a good idea or the right supplies.
All that to say that when "Make a Christmas Craft" came up for our Advent Calendar activity I could have easily made it a big deal. But I didn't! When I was at the grocery store I picked up a bag of cotton balls - they were probably more expensive than getting them at Wal-mart, but I was all about making this happen as simply as possible.
I already had glue at home.
And construction paper.
And three reasonably willing children.
Cotton balls + construction paper + glue + 3 kiddos = 3 Merry Cotton Ball Snowmen
And we hung them on the side of the refrigerator. And I love them.
Our frig is in the very center of our home so I see them from my desk, when I come down the stairs, walk in the kitchen or sit on the couch. I had just cut out eyes and noses for them, but my kiddos insisted on adding a smile - so glad they did. These merry snowmen always cheer me up. I know it's silly and even a rather sad, but these snowmen represent a triumph for me - I crafted with my children. I kept it simple. I made it happen. And though it wasn't perfect, it was good and little fun, and I could do it again.
This is seriously my favorite bit of Christmas decorating we've done yet.