Here are some of our favorite crafts that your family could do together this holiday to help your family embrace the true reason for the season.
1. Memorial Candle
Candles have a special place in memorialization. They help us feel as though we are actively honoring or celebrating someone, by lighting a candle in their memory. One way that you can help your family feel this connection.
2. ‘Save A Seat’ Sign
Help your family feel as though their loved one is still very much a part of the Christmas festivities with a beautiful sign that calls on people to remember. This beautiful plaque reads: “Christmas in Heaven. What do they do? They come down to Earth to spend it with you. So save them a seat, just one empty chair. You may not see them, but they will always be there.
3. Wooden Photo Ornaments
Decorating the tree is one of the most important and memorable parts of the Christmas season. So why not help your family make their loved ones a part of the decorating, even after they are gone. These simply to make photo ornaments are a beautiful addition to any Christmas tree, and help bring memorialization into the tree decorating process.
4. Remembrance Stocking
It wouldn’t be Christmas morning without the opening of our Christmas stockings. Help your family complete their family Christmas mantle display by creating a stocking that is truly representative of their loved one – because it is made with some of their favorite worn items! Encourage your family to bring in their loved one’s favorite dress, jeans or even Christmas sweater, and help them make a personalized stocking that can hang on the fireplace for years to come.
5. “A Few of My Favorite Things” Ornament
A photo is not the only way to remember someone around the holidays. You could also make a wonderful ornament memento with some of their favorite items or pieces of clothing. In this tutorial, the author uses fabric shears from her late father’s different shirts and combines them all into a clear glass ornament to hang on her Christmas tree – complete with a personal note from her dad that she will always cherish.
6. Holiday Card Book
Over our lifetime, many of us save up a nice collection of greeting cards, whether it’s for birthdays, holidays, weddings, you name it. But we never actually do anything with these cards, other than when we run across them while moving or cleaning out old boxes. With this DIY, help your family put sentimental holiday cards from their loved ones on display in a beautiful book that they will flip through and look at each holiday season.
7. Year In Remembrance Video
Last but not least, help your whole community celebrate, honor and remember their loved ones at Christmas time by putting together a beautiful Year In Remembrance video, set to a cozy winter theme.
We wish everyone a blessed Holiday Season in these trying times.