Well. This year I have set out to remedy this. I am working to plan ahead and realize long ahead of time that a holiday is coming and then to make provision for it, which is working some of the time. But I do feel like I am at least a bit further ahead then I was last year.
I am also trying to think outside the "normal" for each holiday. You know, embrace this living in another country and coming up with our new normal.
So in honor of Valentine's Day (do they celebrate that in your host country?) here are a few last minute ideas that you should be able to pull off even if you can't find heart shaped boxes of chocolate for your valentines. I am going to try to give you variations in case you can't find specialties things like heart shaped sprinkles or fancy North American ingredients like chocolate chips.
First up, an interpretation of said heart shaped boxes of chocolate. I made these up yesterday and I am so pleased with how they turned out. Basically, it's a big heart shaped pocket. I had some felt in my fabric stash that I cut into hearts, like this. The big thing you want to do is make sure that the side with the opening has an overlap on between the top and bottom.
Then with some red yarn I did a blanket stitch around the outside. No fabric or pretty red yarn? A couple of pieces of paper and some glue, or tape, or staples or ribbon or whatever you have on hand, and you could accomplish the same thing.
I filled ours with some gummie worms (what boy doesn't like gummie worms?) I found here and some leftover Hersey's kisses someone sent us at Christmas time.
And one last idea. A paper heart garland.
Cut out hearts of different sizes, and sew them together either with your machine or by hand.
No needle and thread? Tape them to a branch, string, whatever you have. And remember, go for the little wonky, bohemian look and then you don't have to worry about things being perfect.
So how about you? What helps you make holidays special? Did you do anything for Valentine's Day?