I know it’s hard to believe, but Christmas is just under one month away! And it’ll be here before we know it. At Bear Creek, we’re quickly making preparations for our Christmas dessert concert along with winter on the farm. We just finished breeding season and our flock is now cozying up for snow. There is much to do. However, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on our Yuletide celebrations and what we can cherish this year.
The winter holiday goes by many names and is celebrated by people of all different backgrounds. From religious significance to fun in the snow, there are so many things to love about the Christmas season.
But what I find most wonderful about this time of year is the amazing variety of traditions. Around the world, people celebrate by hanging wreaths, decorating trees, giving gifts, singing carols, and enjoying nativity plays, heartwarming movies, and even the ballet.
In my family, it’s no surprise that fiber arts is one of our favorite winter traditions. It definitely helped last year when we were cooped up indoors after such a trying year. There’s nothing like cozying up next to a roaring fire, sipping eggnog, and listening to Christmas music as we felt all sorts of whimsical creations. Plus, we always end up with unique, adorable gifts for our loved ones. (Psst — felted snowmen and woodland creatures e.g. llamas and horses make great stocking stuffers!)
If you’d like to join us in the needle felting tradition, I have many wonderful kits in the Needle Felting Academy and the Bear Creek Felting shop. A membership in the Academy is the perfect gift, as you can give your loved one a relaxing way to express themselves. Perhaps you can even spend time felting together!
Another thing to consider that’s better for the planet (and your wallet) is to skip the store-bought decorations and craft your own. There’s truly nothing like fuzzy critters, melt-proof snowmen, and teddy bears to create a whimsical winter wonderland! You can even needle-felt your own Nativity scene. I have classes for all the essential animals in my Needle Felting Academy, including camels, lambs, and donkeys, and sheep. (Tip: Grab the Sheep wool kit here for fluffier sheep.)
Or, make colorful stars, candy canes, and other holiday symbols. Here’s a sampler pack of wools in various Christmas hues to get you started.
Not (yet) a fiber artist? I do hope you’ll explore this perfect winter craft and join our growing community. Here’s the link to my upcoming Snowmen Needle Felting class in January (my easiest class!) I also have some gift suggestions for the felter in your life. No matter how you celebrate Christmas, I wish you a very merry winter season!