This time of year fills me with both joy and dread! I love seeing their little faces when they see Father Christmas. Or we snuggle up watching films by the twinkly fairy lights on our rather unbalanced Christmas Tree. But my most favourite thing are the school shows! I know sad! But I love watching the children singing Christmas songs! There's nothing like 120 kids screeching tunelessly “We wish you a Merry Christmas” to get you in the Christmas Spirit.
One thing I dread though are the Nativity Costumes. Now I don't know about you but there isn't much call in my house for a Shepard Costume. It doesn't feature heavily in our role play situations. Nor a giant gold star costume. So year on year I rustle something up from scraps around the house. The year Megan's whole class were giant gold stars I painstakingly glued sequins onto Daddy Moo's old white t shirt in the shape of a star and then stapled tinsel round the neck, arms and bottom. She looked adorable. Until she came home sobbing as 95% of the class were giant gold stars “you can buy them in ASDA mummy”. Now I'm totally not one for keeping up with the Jones nor did we NEED, WANT or DESIRE a giant gold star costume. I reminded her that I'd made her costume and that now Nanny and Daddy would have no trouble spotting her in the crowd.
This year we had the joys of a King and a Shepard. Both costumes took me less than 30mins and cost nothing. I used 2 old pillowcases from Nanny's as the base. Cut out a hole for the head and arms. From here on you can pretty much do anything and come up with any variation – Joseph, Mary, Star etc.
Shepard – I went very simple for Megan I used a Hessian sack which I cut a head hole in then opened the sides. Megan literally has to pop this over her head and tie a piece of cord round her waist. I then used an old pink pillowcase to make a length of fabric with two ties to put round her head. Perfect!
King – Charlie's class were making crowns at school so I didn't have this to worry about. On his pillowcase I wonder webbed a few strips of material to make it a bit more regal. I then upcycled a vampire cloak by turning the collar down tacking the sides together (so I can unpick for Halloween) and threading some cord through. I think he looks great.
Megan as she's got older has become less interested in what everyone else is doing. Less of a conformist more her own character. Moo on the other hand hasn't .. so far his costume has been broken and left at home twice. And yes I must be pure evil – feel free to report me to Esther Rantzen as I still made him wear it! And I think he looked udderly MOOverlous!