It's been a crazy month trying to keep my head above water and my heart from turning "Bah Humbug".
While I love Christmas for many reasons, I also loathe it for many others. Mass consumerism is a major put off to me thanks to my lifelong career in retail. Of course I make sure my kids have a lovely holiday and I do buy gifts for my nieces and nephew, but beyond that it's simple and meaningful or homemade. No one I know needs another damn sweater or tchotchke. In fact, I told my husband and children this year that starting next year we have to each thrift 1 gift for each other. It will put some serious thought into what the other will like and I think we will all find the thrill of the hunt exhilirating.
This year I saved the pretty cardboard trays from the canning jars I purchased over the summer because I knew I would find something to do with them. And I did.
I packaged up 4 jars of preserves in the trays and filled them with red paper I salvaged from an office clean out earlier this year. I made sure our home shredder was empty then filled it back up again with the red paper. Tucked safely in the tray is a jar of preserved apple slices, apple butter, applie pie in a jar dessert topping and brandied cherries. There used to be jars of fresh garden salsa but my husband is fully capable of devouring an entire jar in one sitting. So the salsa was no more.
I wrapped each tray in a sheet of cellophane and I instantly have a great gift that I know my loved ones will truly enjoy.
Now I just have to figure out a good hiding place for those jars of salsa next year....