Did you make Xmas decorations at School when you were kids?
In our old Primary School back in the Sixties we were like a branch of North Pole Enterprises. You've never seen as much yuletide child labour! I think our headmaster must have been called Ebenezer!
The staple raw materials of the production line were toilet rolls. Not the whole roll. The paper had been used throughout the year!
We had sacks of those card tubes, all a sickly grey with the odd white one thrown to cheer us up. Oh great I thought every December, I get to handle hundreds of bog rolls that everyone in Lancashire has handled after a good poo!
With steely resolve, us helpers set to and began to create a whole Grattans catalogue's worth of Christmas decs.
Classics included the toilet roll lantern, the tricky cone-shaped angel, the tubular fairy, the distinctly unhygienic snowman filled with smarties and the Yule log filled with modern irony! ha ha.
We knocked these out like elves on overtime. You couldn't see us for glitter. It was everywhere that stuff, in our hair, in our eyes, even in our mouths as we discovered when we brushed our teeth that night [we weren't gonna be on that naughty list, no sir!]
Then one day we were allowed to choose some of own as gifts for the family, presents they'd waited all year for! And so, like the toilet roll woolen dress doll caddy in the bathroom, more loo bounty entered the house and given pride of place on the mantle piece alongside home made cotton wool cards and photo's of new Nephews and Nieces.
Despite obviously being trojan toilet horses straight from Krampus Land I do miss those loo roll Xmas decs!
Did you make any readers?