Yes it’s true. I am the Grinch….
I was in two minds about this post, maybe it’s a bit too brutally honest. But people keep telling me to let my personality out! So I am. Apologies in advance!
Anyone who knows me knows that I dislike Christmas quite a lot….. I didn’t as a child, but nowadays it feels like a fat ton of stress and failure to meet expectation. Although I have to admit that I quite like presents, and sherry, and cake… the run up to the ‘big day’ does not make me a happy bunny….
But there’s something I dislike even more than Christmas prep – and that’s Christmas crafting. This week (and for some of the rest of November) we have some truly amazing seasonal projects from the DT – but you won’t find any contributions from me! Although I am reluctantly feeling somewhat inspired……….
Proof that I do actually make Christmas stuff sometimes. Although I had to go back to 2016 to find it. And it was a DT piece…….
So why I am such a bloody misery? Here are 8 perfectly good reasons! 😉
1) Expectations: you’re a crafter, ergo you must make cards (because that’s what ALL crafters in the world do, right?). Anything less than an individual handcrafted card for everyone you even vaguely know makes you a total failure.
2) Ingrates 1: you make said cards/gifts and the reaction is a shrug and into the garbage it goes…
3) Ingrates 2: you don’t make said cards/gifts and this means you don’t love someone enough to make them something special…
4) Snowmen – in JULY?! Just no…….: I am firmly of the ‘Christmas starts in December’ clan but in the craft industry planning for Christmas starts in spring and most product releases are done and dusted by late summer. I really, really don’t want to see Santa in July! Summer in Britain lasts about 3 hours and said 3 hours should not be spent thinking about snow.
5) 12 days on a shelf, 353 days in a box: you spend hours and hours making the most beautiful Christmas decor and then it spends almost its entire life in a box in the garage. By the time you get it out next year its been squashed under a box of lights and is looking rather sad and bedraggled.
6) Glitter: glitter (or as I call it, the devil’s spawn) appears to be an obligatory ingredient in EVERY Christmas project ever. I hate glitter. Glitter is quite literally evil. It gets EVERYWHERE. It’s in my hair, it’s on the dog, it’s on every damn project I make for the next 6 months! And frankly I am far too bad tempered to be sparkly….
7) Mixed media ‘weirdness’: how do you reconcile your desire to create weird and wonderful stuff made with chunky mediums and old tat with most people’s Christmassy expectations? Make a pretty card with a snowman on it (and, let’s face it, probably glitter) and feel your artistic style is compromised; make a mixed media masterpiece and risk the recipient looking at you like you just handed them an actual turd.
8) And Glitter: it’s so evil it needs mentioning twice. I may start a campaign to ban it from existence….
So, come on readers, enlighten me! How do you feel about Christmas crafting? Why do you love it? What am I missing!!!
Bah and humbug 😉
Katy Leitch, Editor
Here’s a sneak at this week’s amazing, exclusive Christmas projects from Lena Holmstrom, Deb Riddell and Mags Woodcock! Only at Mixed Up Creative!