Christmas in September

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N.C. Cooperative Extension, Clay County Center in Hayesville, North Carolina will offer a September workshop entitled “Christmas in the Mountains.” On each Tuesday during the month of September interested participants will gather in the Community room from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. to get a jump start on making their own personalized Christmas gifts. The fee for the workshop is $20.00 per session each week. This fee covers all the materials needed to create Christmas gifts made with that special “Made in the NC Mountains” flair.

During the first week, techniques will be covered for making personalized gift boxes and gift tags. You can try your hand at an Origami gift box or a simpler gift box made from last years Christmas cards. You might want to look gather up those old greeting cards that were just too beautiful to discard and repurpose them!

During the second week, participants will learn techniques for turning ordinary Mason jars into special jars for holding Christmas treasures.

Of course, week three will be in the kitchen. Special Christmas treats will be made to go into those special boxes and/or decorated Mason jars. Recipes will be provided; some of the treats made can even be stored until Christmas after preparing them in the workshop!

Last of all, week four will be spent making fun jelly soap! This would be a perfect gift for the children on your gift list or those fun-loving adults. Nice tins and ribbon will be provided to finish your gift and to store it until Christmas.

There is a lot to be said for getting a jump start on Christmas! What a great feeling it will be to realize that you have special gifts made and crossed off your TO DO list! This especially true since things start to get into high gear after September. Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas promotions are starting earlier each year. I just hope that we beat the Christmas frenzy by starting in September. I just cannot get accustomed to seeing the Christmas decorations alongside the Halloween costumes!