In many countries, it is a long-held tradition to gather with the family during the days leading to Christmas to make Christmas crafts. As early as the 18th century, society women gathered with their friends to make Christmas crafts. They made, among other things, such items as small Christmas stars and paper packages, which could contain sugar almonds and other delicacies.

Today, it is also quite common for children to make Christmas crafts in school. Imagine, if these children kept their yearly Christmas crafts, they will soon have an exciting collection of Christmas items which evoke memories. Perhaps, they can even pass these on to their children and grandchildren.

The advantage of making Christmas crafts is that everybody can take part. The small hands can make simple Christmas stars from flat paper, while the more experienced ones can make intricate and pretty Christmas decorations such as elaborate Christmas sceneries, three-dimensional Christmas stars, or ornate Santa Clauses using strings, cloth, carton, and other materials.

Ideas for making Christmas crafts

Fun and easy craft projects for yourself, family and friends with directions and photos:

Some families actually choose to hold Christmas craft competitions. This way, all of the family members are involved in making creative décor, and when they take out the Christmas crafts from last year’s box, these will inevitably bring back fond memories for those who participated in the competition.

That Christmas crafts are made in private homes says a lot about local traditions and culture. In English-speaking countries, the Christmas sock, for example, plays an important role. It is used to hide gifts, and it is often homemade, e.g. with beautiful, handmade decorations. In the Scandinavian countries, the Christmas heart plays a pivotal role. As early as the 18th century, the great Danish poet, H.C. Andersen, braided a beautiful heart using paper. Today, a Christmas without braided Christmas hearts is almost inconceivable in the Scandinavian countries.

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Large picture: Christmas crafts

Making something from scratch can provide a nice break from the usual spending spree that usually occurs every December. Christmas crafts provide a great way to enjoy the holiday season.
In this website, we show a few simple ideas for making Christmas crafts.

ALL THINGS CHRISTMAS CRAFTS: Members of the All Things Christmas List at Yahoo! Groups share their favorite craft projects.

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