At the request of Natalie Hogan, a student in my Year Seven Class, you will find that Santa appears on many pages of this Advent Calendar, working, preparing for Christmas.
Santa has begun to make a present list and is seriously thinking of giving new life to old shoe boxes this year
The Two Boxes
I have in my hands two boxes
I heeded his words, and in the two boxes
With curiosity, I opened the black
Collaged Gift Boxes
There is no time like the present to get yourself organised and begin making Christmas presents for your friends and family. I have used shoe boxes for many purposes but never once thought to collage them, slip a present inside and tie them up with string ready to sit under the Christmas Tree.
Another suggestion from Worth Works
You can't judge a book by its cover, nor the
quality of love by the lover, but it is possible to convey the value of
a gift by the way it is wrapped. Shiny, sparkly paper on professionally
wrapped gifts scream "Jewellery!" and "Perfume!" under my tree and are
always welcome sights. Amid the shiny boxes and festive patterns, however,
are always a few gifts that stand out, set apart by the fact they are
wrapped personally with more time and thought. I give people gifts I know
they want, and those are the gifts that come in shiny, festive packaging.
The packages with the artistic touches are the ones that are filled with
my best and biggest wishes for my friends and family. My favourite idea
this year is to collage the wrapping with photos, images, words and phrases
that best convey the sentiment behind each gift and what the recipient
means to me. Some gifts will be mischievous and humourous, others compassionate
and comforting, and others still will be outright dares. To be sure, the
creative care with which each collaged gift is tended to will be a form
of meditation upon the nature and value of my relationship to the recipient.
What greater homage could be paid to the spiritual nature of this season?