Minimalist Christmas

We have been working towards a minimalist home and that extends to our Christmas celebrations. I have tried to focus the children on giving to others rather than receiving.

1. Stamping and decorating postcards

In responding to his sensitive period for language without duplicating the Montessori materials he has at his school, we have a stamp set.

That and some stickers (leftovers from my craft box) has made for lots of card and postcard-making. I love how Dylan cut up the sticker into smaller pots and repositioned them.

2. Folding tenugui

We can also extend the stamping work to make our own wrapping paper, but I thought of minimising wrapping paper waste by using Japanese tenugui, a multipurpose cloth which can be folded in various ways like a bottle holder, tissue box cover, bag, etc! I put them in old wallet/ watch boxes instead of trays so it would be a control of error for how exact and small they would have to fold the tenugui to fit in each box.

They mastered the folding fairly quickly…

So I introduced them to a simple way to wrap the box with tenugui, which they were able to do because it just involved placing the box atop the tenugui diagonally, and then doing two half knots.

I then demonstrated another folding technique that had a little handle for carrying the gift around, but making the half knots on the sides proved rather tricky for the children.

3. Washi tape

Some taping work with washi tapes of local trains and buses.

I am disproportionately proud of this “tape dispenser” I made from a chocolate box and a straw that lifts up so you can take out each roll. Still smells like chocolate 😍

ite easily translated to real life, as we got busy…

4. Packaging and taping parcelsmmeline raided our kitchen for local teas and 16-multigrain rice, wrapping and taping them for sending to friends overseas.

< strong>5. Felt Nativity scene<<<<<<<<<<<<<
lt set from London last year, and I think that it may just become an annual tradition for use every December!<<<<<<<<<<<<
still seems too pared-down for the festive season, fear not, because there's always…

6. Decorating for Christmas at Grandma’s<<<<<<<<<<<<<
ngs about living in Singapore is how multicultural Christmas can be. Even the black-and-white Chinese painting gets dressed up with mistletoe.

7. Flower arranging<<<<<<<<<<<<<
med flower arranging with sweet Williams and a string of LED lights. (These are our only, minimalist Christmas decorations this year. Don't mind the baking rack off to the left, that's just real life. Heh.)

Or making a floral arrangement of berries and red roses as a hostess gift for a Christmas party.

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