Poor Santa has trouble.
The puzzle-making elves can’t work. They’re suffering terrible aches in their hands from cutting out so many pieces. I’m sorry to say this year you’d best make your own. Don’t panic. It takes very little time.
Just scan a cherished family picture, or perhaps a piece of art you or your child created and go to www.shutterfly.com or www.puzzleyou.com. Puzzle You is more expensive, but the puzzle arrives in a pretty holiday box that you don’t need to wrap.
Shape puzzles for the youngest on your shopping list are easy to make out of felt. Check out this website for easy instructions. Here’s a picture of one:
And while we’re on the topic of puzzles, do you have any of those kid’s puzzles where each piece is a whole object—a cat,an apple, a house—but you’re missing some of the pieces. The elves always want to throw the rest of the pieces away, but don’t! They make great tree decorations.
If you want to be fancy, paint the backs, or you can leave them plain. Using a glue gun, attach a ribbon hanger and voila! You have a one of a kind decoration that brings back happy memories to your family.
And my last word on puzzles . . .
When Santa comes home after a long and busy day at his factory, he and I often relax over a puzzle. Next month, especially if you’ve finished your shopping and cards, is a great time to bring out a puzzle. What fun everyone will have searching through a pile like this to find the missing edge piece! Make it a family project. It can keep you busy for days.
On my next blog, November 25th we’ll talk about NOT planning Christmas parties.
Until then, let’s all strive for a stress-free, love-filled Christmas . . .