Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A "Christmas Chain" Tradition ...

Last Christmas my granddaughter Avery (who was two at the time) and I made a paper chain for our Christmas tree. I used heavy construction papers in pastel pink, green, and white and cut them into strips about an inch-and-a-half wide by about 9" long, and Avery and I glued them together to make our chain. I wrote the date on one of the links and we hung the chain on the tree ...


Avery was so pleased with it, and I decided we would start a new tradition and add to our chain every Christmas.

I was a little smarter this year and used double-sided scrapbook paper for our chain. I also bought some Elmer's Washable School Glue which is great to use with little ones. It's purple and in stick form and is easy to wash off hands and doesn't stain clothes.

Avery loved the gluing part and did several links by herself ...

We got a little carried away and our
chain ended up being about 15 feet long!

Next year we won't make it quite that long, and I'm going to
use Christmas scrapbook paper instead of pastels.

Next, we linked the two chains
together and hung them on the tree ...

Ta-daaaaa!


What started out as just a fun project, has become a tradition for Avery and me ... and I look forward to adding to our Christmas chains for many Christmases to come.


19 comments:

ksarra said...

Love the idea, and that smile on Avery's face for this memory maker is priceless. PS I NEEEED that tree stand!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

She is so cute Janie...what a wonderful tradition!

Using the double sided paper was really smart.

I love your tree!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

What a wonderful idea, Janie! You and Avery are making happy Christmas memories with each of your beautiful paper chains! She is so cute! I know how much fun she is to have around.

PAT said...

PS: Your tree is gorgeous. I love your dining room. It's exquisite!

Stacey said...

Little ones do love to make paper chains. I taught pre-school forever and they would make them for any holiday. The longer the better.

Your home is absolutely breath taking!

Julie @ Sweet Chaos said...

We do this in our archway for each holiday. It's a wide arch & really needs something--like antique pilars, in my opinion... My kids love to make them over & over, which works well & I don't have to store the chains each year. I don't have space & they always come out crumpled the next time!

I love Avery's haircut. How I wish my "raised-pentacostal" husband would agree to a short cut for our girls!

ann said...

YOUR BACKGROUND IS LOVELY.AND SO IS YOUR LITTLE GIRL.YOU KNOW WE MADE THESE WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL.IT BRINGS BACK ALOT OF MEMORIES.THANK YOU...ANN

southerninspiration said...

Awww, how precious! All of it!-- the granddaughter, the memory maker and the decor!!! Love it all!
Suzanne

Brenda said...

She is a doll and what a way to make great memories.

Bo said...

Your home is decorated so beautifully...and I'll bet little Avery will grow up to be a decorator too! ;-) Bo

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Janie! Only you can take a paper chain and make it look elegant!!! What a great tradition!! I'll bet Avery is going to do this with her own kids someday!!!! Great project for moms and grandmoms!!! Have another fun day - Sincerely, Jeannette

beth at aunties said...

Janie,
Everything looks so lovely! Avery is so precious and you see her excitement. It is a wonderful tradition and will always remain a beautiful Christmas memory in heart. These traditions I am finding with our little ones are the moments which bind us all together. They can't wait for the times together where traditons are involved and they seem to almost 'own' the moment.
Your decor is really beautiful!

Beth~♥

Tracey said...

Making lovely memories!! Your tree is beautiful!!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Precious! And such a good idea and tradition for Avery! She's a little angel, Janie. And I love how she looks so into her craft! :-) I did this last year in St. Augustine, and it was fun. Haven't done it in a number of years, and Mr. Magpie helped and had fun, too! My mother and I used to do this, so it's fun to see you doing this with your grandbaby! :-)

XO,

Sheila

peata said...

that is just too cute

salmagundi said...

I remember one Christmas when my granddaughter was about that age, we all went on a little road trip. To keep Caitlin busy on the road, she and I sat clear in the back of the van together and made paper chains for their tree. She always remembers that day; and now wants me to always sit in the back with her. Now that she is almost a teenager, we sit and talk about all kinds of things in the car!! Those type of memories are beginning for you. Sally

nikkicrumpet said...

What a great idea...and you can tell Avery loves it. She's gonna have a fond memory of this for her whole life.

Jon said...

Janie, the true beauty of your amazing decorations is in the love you have given Avery by teaching her the meaning of "tradition" and learning to help create something beautiful with her own little hands. John Dewey's basic theory of education was that children learn by doing. Avery is so blessed to have you for a guide and teacher and nurturing her along life's path. Once again I am very impressed by the way you express your love for your family by doing beautiful projects.

Jon at Mississippi Garden

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a very special bond this will make for the two of you - a memory for her to cherish always. blessings, marlene