In praise of home crafted festivities and celebrations

Logos on BuntingLogos on BuntingThis morning I heard on the radio how someone thought it was a pity firework night had become so professional. He missed the old-fashioned back garden sparklers and pathetic rockets. But I thought; that was just what we were planning on doing! A back garden sparkler and maybe even a mini bonfire, if we can find enough space.

Home made events are so much more fun – the thought put into them, the preparation and the economy of making something from nothing.

On Halloween night the little ‘monsters’ who came knocking on the door were just as happy to have their costumes praised (or rather told they were horrible) as to be given sweets (after I had run out of them). It was obvious they had loads of fun putting on some make up and dressing up in improvised costume – to my mind far more effective than just a bought costume. Decorations are great to make as well. What is better than a carved pumpkin lantern?

Recently, a local W.I. group made the news for having such a long queue of women wanting to join – yes, I was there. I think this reflects how people want to be involved in the community and have fun learning new skills.

Many of these principles can be applied to other family festivities – Christmas, Birthdays and don’t forget Weddings as well.

What can you do to add your own personal touch and contribution?

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