I was in Joann Fabrics to buy some flannel, and the line for the cutting table was so long, that we had to take numbers. While waiting, I thumbed through the pattern books and found an entire section on Christmas crafts–stockings, tree skirts, and costumes. I was pleased to find a Santa pattern that featured both the modern Coca Cola style red Santa and the more traditional burgundy-colored St. Nick. Another pattern featured all of the nativity costumes–I suppose the seamstress for a local pageant would need to get started today. There was an additional pattern for angels. One pattern featured all quilted crafts for a themed tree. Beautiful (and labor-intensive).
At Michael’s two days ago, right next to the pumpkins and spiders, was a large display of Christmas crafts. I studied the clear plastic ornaments for a long time. These are the ones that the crafter can fill with sand or other tiny objects. I nearly purchased four or five, but I felt particularly directionless.
Speaking of directions, though, on each Christmas display, Michael’s has capitalized on their new “Make Your Joy” campaign by publishing easy step-by-step directions for most of its holiday crafts. Nice move!