Friday, December 16, 2011
The Stuffed Animal Tree Skirt
Wondering what to do with all those stuffed animals and dolls that the kids have outgrown? You might want to pack them away. They make a great tree skirt. I packed away the stuffies and dolls that my kids especially loved and, at some point, started putting them under the tree at Christmas. There is nothing better during the holidays than listening to my kids reminisce about them.
Keegan's beloved Jeremy Fisher frog,
Kiefer's Bunny and Julia for whom I had to make up countless stories for bedtime,
And Kyle's cowbunnies that I made during his cowboy phase are all part of the collection. The cowbunnie hats didn't survive but they still have their bandit scarves. These were bad cowbunnies complete with black hats.
Who remembers Lamb Chop? There is a well-worn puppet version and one from Macy's (obviously with the name right on the hat!) under our tree.
There are couples under there:
And this menage a trois that resulted from a misunderstanding about who was buying what. Now that I have seen Sister Wives, I refer to this set as Brother Husbands.
As the collection grew, I realized the tree skirt was wasted--you couldn't see it at all. The toys became the tree skirt. They all squash down nicely in a plastic box for storage taking up surprisingly little space, too. Besides, the original tree skirt while nice, never stirred up fond memories and got everyone talking.
What are all those holiday tins under the tree? I started using the too-cute-to-discard holiday tins to store delicate ornaments before packing them into the big boxes. The ornaments get unpacked and hung, the tins are scattered in with the stuffies, and they are right under the tree when it's time to put ornaments away. I know I could refill them with home-made treats to give others. However, I love baking about as much as I love cleaning toilets. No, I'd rather clean toilets really. Holiday baking just ain't happenin' in my house. Now that I've said that I am reminded that I promised to make another gingerbread house this year. Why do I do these things? Must get back to work.