Do you remember back when Christmas was making things Out of stiff colored paper Like chains of slim paper rings That were so long we took them And wrapped the a few times Around the tree as pretty trim?
We made angels and snowflakes From something called shirt boards; Cutouts covered with aluminum foil. They didn’t need extension cords. And Mom showed us how to starch String we dyed. We wrapped it Around some inflated balloons. When each dried, we popped it.
We made reindeers and Santas Our of wooden clothespins With pipe cleaner antlers or Cotton beards for Santa’s chin. Mom dyed an old sheet green For under the Christmas tree. Prettier than the store-bought kind It has always seemed to me.
In school we made Gifts too Things knitted or made of clay To give to Mom wrapped up With great pride on Christmas Day. And that wrapping paper was Was all Christmas color tissue. It was inexpensive to buy, so Using a lot was not an issue.
Some gifts were appreciated Some maybe not as much But in every case, we were For the most part very touched. You knew for sure just by looking What care and love went into The handmade presents that were Made totally and especially for you.