by Shaelyn Saraceni
When December hits, or even just once Thanksgiving ends, the mood shifts. The air gets a little colder. The kids are getting ready for finals and winter break. The Christmas decorations go up. Everyone is out shopping more than usual. Christmas music starts playing on the radio. The countdown begins on TV with all the classic Christmas movies, and your favorite shows air a Christmas special. Despite all this, it can be hard to find new crafty things, unique decoration shops, or fun activities to do during the holidays in a small town. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Crafty DIY projects to help spruce up your space.
Whenever this time of year comes again, I get excited. I begin crocheting ornaments, sweaters, scarves, and hats. This year, I crocheted my Frenchie, Bacon, a sweater. Seeing a youtube video on how to crochet little snowflakes, I made seventeen little white snowflake ornaments. In addition, I found a pattern for mini trees, so I made two brown and two white little tree ornaments. (At the end of this article I have a link attached of the video I used so anyone can recreate these adorable snowflakes.) Below is a picture of my pup wearing his sweater, and the snowflakes I crocheted. Croquetting is super fun and addicting, and very easy to pick up. All you need is your favorite color of yarn and a few crochet hooks (because I guarantee you’ll lose a couple) from Michael’s, and you are already halfway there! The stitches are simple, so I encourage anyone who likes crafty things and/or these ornaments to watch the very simple tutorial at the end of the article.
Sutter Street: bringing the holiday spirit with shops and activities galore.
Though there are all the usual stores that sell lights and decorations this time of year (Target, Wal-Mart, etc.), there are a few quaint little places you may not have thought to check. Dorothea’s Christmas on Sutter Street here in Folsom has some adorable decorations and toys. Kids love it there, so if you have some, bring them along. While on Sutter Street, stop by the ice skating rink which is opened from November 4th-January 19th. Check out the rink’s hours and fees on the link I’ve attached at the end of this article. In addition, the Christmas tree lighting on Sutter Street will occur this Friday, December 2, from 6PM-9PM, so don’t miss it! If you do miss the lighting, the tree will still be up for all to see this December.
Ugly sweater anyone?
If you are looking for that perfect ugly Christmas sweater, there is no better place to check than a thrift store. Though Snowline Hospice is my personal favorite, Trinity and Goodwill are both excellent options to search as well. If you can’t find anything at the thrift stores, asses your usual clothing stores for something good and ugly. Don’t stop once you think you’ve found that perfect one though, embellish away! My second stop after thrifting an old sweater is Michael’s for all your crafting needs. Pick up some red and green glitter, markers, puff balls, ornaments, toys, mini trees, poinsettias, lights, and anything else that could add an extra flare. Your next best friend will be hot glue (that’s right), just glue all that fun stuff onto your sweater. Next, wear it all December and enjoy. Below I have two examples of sweaters I’ve rocked during the holiday season.
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