I thought it fitting that I write my first Crafty Paper Creations blog on Christmas day as Christmas brings many of us such joy. Paper crafts are a form of relaxation for me. It’s a way for me to express my sentiments to others by sending a card that has meaning. Making something from the heart is much deeper than buying something from a big box store. Find your joy! It may be a craft, hobby, or sport, but whatever it is, make it happen! Do it with family or friends who inspire you. I have two dear friends (you know who you are) that are particularly crafty and they’ve taught me to find my creative side.
We all have our versions of Christmas Joy. Even those who don’t celebrate still carry the joy of Christmas
in their hearts.
When we were kids Santa was the joy of Christmas. Santa, the figure of Christmas was described as a jolly old fella who could magically sneak in and out of homes via chimneys; a cheerful, chubby man that is everpresent in holiday cards, movies, television shows, and malls everywhere:
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook, when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
It’s amazing that Santa Claus was ever linked to the Christmas holiday, given that the original Feast of
St. Nicholas was historically observed on December 6. The holiday on December 25 is a Christian celebration of the birth of the Christ child.
Angels played an important role in the first Christmas. Angels appeared in the sky over Bethlehem to announce and celebrate Jesus’ birth as the world’s savior.
Considering the vital role that angels played in the first Christmas, it’s not surprising that they began to
take prominent places on Christmas trees soon after people developed the tradition of decorating trees for Christmas. The lights, garland, ribbon, sounds of beautiful voices bring us joy.
Evergreen trees had been a symbol of life before the first Christmas, and people had been praying outside among evergreens or decorated their homes with evergreen branches during the winter months for many years to celebrate life. Life is so precious. We only have one, so do it with style.
Celebrating with those we hold dear to us is a timeless tradition. I am so ever grateful for my family and friends. My brothers, their wives, my nieces and nephews, my step kids and my husband bring me joy. Thank you for always being there and supporting me.
There are always angels among us. The come to us when we need them most. They appear in many forms, their faces bring us joy. They show us how to live and guide us with the light of love. My mom, who recently was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer is my angel. She gives me strength when I think is can no longer push on. She shows how to truly give without expecting nothing in return. She does everything from the heart. Our hearts are forever intertwined. The purple hearts in my logo are a symbol of my love for her. She is an inspiration to many people. My father was always so honored to call her his wife.
She is one of the individuals who inspired me to take my joy of decorating and crafting and make it a reality. So here I am bringing you a little piece of joy that you can share with others. No matter the time of year, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving or just because…send a greeting card to someone, share your joy and make someone’s day a little brighter.
Christmas is about a time of giving and sharing your love with others. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.