Living on a farm, and being very frugal we have had to learn to live on what the farm provides for us and Christmas time is no different! The price tag of a fresh cut tree from our local tree farm was $65 this year…way out of our budget. So being the resourceful homesteaders that we are we took the issue at hand and made do with what we had.
With the saw in hand we took a stroll through the woods looking for OUR perfect Christmas tree. To us it didn’t matter if the limbs were perfectly trimmed or if it had abundant branches. All that mattered to us was that it is a sign of the living Christmas spirit and brought a pleasant smell of pine into our home.
As I pulled out the decoration boxes, I decided that this very special tree only needed a few choice ornaments. A true country Christmas tree was made up of homemade ornaments. I popped some popcorn, strung cranberries and found the old fashion gingerbread ornament recipe I made when the kids were little. A couple sparsely strung white lights and my angel topper was the perfect complement to our very simple Christmas tree.
Simple Christmas Craft for Kids – Cinnamon Applesauce Gingerbread Men
Mix applesauce and cinnamon together, adding more cinnamon if dough seems too wet, and more applesauce if dough is too dry.
Sprinkle countertop with cinnamon, and then roll dough out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters, and place ornaments on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Let ornaments dry on baking sheets for several days, or until completely dry. Alternatively, bake in a 200° F oven for 2.5 hours.
I hope you can find some ways to keep your Christmas simple this year!
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