I’ll Be ‘Homemade’ For The Holidays

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as 'Mikey', I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

12 thoughts on “I’ll Be ‘Homemade’ For The Holidays

  • October 30, 2014 at 2:56 pm
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    I love Christmas! I get to give gifts! I try to make all my gifts, from hats, to scarves, and fingerless gaming gloves. Slippers too!

  • October 29, 2013 at 10:20 am
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    After my husband died, we had to re-examine just what we were doing for Christmas. Money was definitely an issue and drove how we would celebrate. We could make things for Christmas (my daughter made me a great book with hand written recipes that was very special. This year, I’m making hats for our extended families. We would buy gifts for my Grandchildren but we couldn’t exceed $65… the rest of us would be together with good food, watching the kids open gifts and playing Wii for hours. Christmas like this is so much more meaningful and less stressful.

  • October 20, 2013 at 11:25 am
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    I loved the simpler Christmases. I always made at least half the presents. After last Christmas’ fiasco, I don’t want to see anyone but my husband Christmas day! The family totally ruined Christmas for me last year. I haven’t even spoken to two of the “children” or their families since! I certainly am not going all out this year! My big thing at Christmas is to make a ton of different cookies. The grandkids get a decorated box and, one at a time, they get to fill the box up with whatever they want! That’s fun. I also do boxes up for seniors who can’t bake anymore with some old time cookies. They always ask if I’m making cookies again, every Christmas! lol

  • October 15, 2013 at 10:22 pm
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    Christmas is never going too be what it was, I remember getting a gift box from the Salvation army for Christmas, because we didn’t have the money, each of us got a hat , gloves and candy and a toy you bet we were pleased with that! my Grandma too me was Christmas , she made it so special , after she passed away, and we all grew up it was never the same. Today I celebrate very quietly with my husband and daughter, For me that’s the best 🙂

  • October 15, 2013 at 9:32 am
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    Thanks for sharing! I enjoy the simple things of Christmas. I enjoy decorating, my husband and I go and cut our own tree. He puts the tree up and I decorate it. I also enjoy baking. I managed to find all of my mom’s cookie recipes, which was no easy feat. This year I’m planning on making snowflakes to hang around the house as well as on the tree. I’m also going to make some to hang on the memory tree out in my back yard. I love making things for friends and family. Some of the patterns I use push me out of my comfort zone.

  • October 14, 2013 at 11:52 pm
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    Nice family photo…the kids today are totally spoiled and have no idea what a true family holiday is…they never look up or interact with their families ….oh for the simple life like we had as children….

    • October 15, 2013 at 9:37 am
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      I agree with you 100% Rosalie. It’s also the parents and societies fault. Handmade or homemade things are seen as “cheap”, not made with love and thought. It’s too bad kids can’t be kids today.

  • October 14, 2013 at 7:43 pm
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    Dear Crochet Crowd
    My Christmases are a lot quieter too. All the nieces and nephews moved out of state.
    I love how Mikey described his Christmas in 1982! Simpler times indeed.
    Talking about homemade crochet gifts. I had a friend from grade school post a picture of a hybiscus flower that my grandma crocheted for all the Room Mothers back then….circa 1978. I was floored and flattered! There was my grandmas handi work on my friends tree up on Facebook. it touched my heart. Grandma passed on at age 95 in 1999. One thing is I have learned to appreciate all the hard work she put into her projects. She used show off her handi work to company and they would oooh and haa or at least pretend they liked it. I stood by and rolled my eyes. Again… Now I love Facebook and other platforms where we can show off our creativity and get some thumbs up. Back then face to face was the only way to connect or maybe with a polaroid LOL. I am just like her now!
    Great post Crochet Crowd

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  • October 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm
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    Making things for Christmas. Once I learned to crochet everyone got crocheted gifts for Christmas. I gave everything from hats and scarves to affies. I also sewed up Christmas decorations and gave homemade candy and cookies. My Christmases are a lot quieter these days. Occasionally I will crochet some dish clothes. I don’t bake or make candy anymore. I don’t even decorate any more. But I still like to see all the new crochet patterns, I even collect Christmas patterns in hopes that one day I may use them.

  • October 14, 2013 at 11:54 am
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    Mikey, you are right about the face of Christmas changing. It’s always, more presents and how much did you pay for it. Christmas seems to start earlier and earlier every year, usually before Halloween. There are many times I wish we could go back to a more simple way of life, but I’ll admit that I’d totally miss my electronic gadgets!

  • October 14, 2013 at 11:12 am
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    Mikey, thanks so much for sharing your family Christmas picture and your own personal thoughts.

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