Gratitude

 

How wonderful that a marginalized misfit sock can be transformed into the bearer of gratitude and Christmas JOY. That's, in the end, what happens to the misfit sock in The Misfit Sock storybook. This is a story of waiting and transformation embraces the Advent season, knowing that he world waited for the birth of Jesus and because of Jesus we are transfomed. For that we offer gratitude.

 

The Misfit Sock Christmas Tradition is a daily practice in gratitude for the Advent season. Hang your misfit sock some place special.  Each day, handwrite a misfit sock gratitude wish or prayer and place it in the sock. The sock holds the gift of these intentions and on Christmas Eve, the sock is filled with gratitude goodies for Santa, his elves and reindeer. When Santa arrives, he reads all of the wishes and prayers, enjoys the gratitude goodies and knows enough to leave the misfit sock behind for next year. And the traditions begins....

 

 

Advent is a beautiful season to intentionally make time to be grateful and celebrate, with joy and gratitude, the gifts that we have been given in the birth of Jesus. 

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, 'Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.'

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. 'In Bethlehem in Judea,' they replied, 'for this is what the prophet has written: "'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'" Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, 'Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.'

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

Matthew 2:1-12

WHY SHOULD WE BE GRATEFUL?

This is a beautiful video on the power of living gratitude:

ACTIVITY

Make a GRATITUDE QUILT

 

Old, mismatched socks can make a great simple rug or quilt that works well for a homespun look, or for a dog blanket. To make the rug or quilt, you’ll need long, flat, tube-style socks that are about the same size. The colors and styles don’t have to match. Large men’s socks are the easiest to use. You can sew the sock rug or quilt by machine or by hand. 

 

Things You Will Need: 

Fat, tube-style socks 

straight pins 

scissors 

thread 

sewing machine or hand sewing needle 

 

Flatten each sock so that the seam at the toe lies flat and the rest of the sock is smooth. 

Cut each sock along one side and across the end of the toe. Open up each sock and spread it flat. 

Place two of the socks right sides together, with the toes facing opposite directions. Pin them together, then sew them together along one long edge, using 1/4 inch seam allowance. 

Spread open the socks and place another sock right sides together with the first, alternating toe directions and lining them up along the long edge. 

Continue pinning and sewing socks together until the row is as long as you want. To make the quilt wider, make a second row of socks the same size. Place the two rows right sides together and stitch them together. Continue adding socks rows until the quilt is the size you want. 

Leave the socks as they are for a simple blanket, or adding a backing, batting and binding to make a true quilt.