Like every kid growing up, if you were lucky enough to have a good art program in grade school, no doubt you created some pretty amazing crafts.  At least you thought they were.  I can recall making many of my Christmas gifts and giving them to Mom, Dad, my brothers and sisters and grandparents. They all (said) these were the best gifts in the world.

Little did I know, my Mom and Dad kept many of these early "craft gifts" in a box in the basement and sorting through them recently, sure brought back a lot of wonderful memories.

Crafts are a billion dollar business.  And still to this day, I would rather receive a handmade gift over a gift purchased from a store.

Craft shows are a big attraction in the Southern Tier and one of the largest in happening Friday, November 25 (3 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and Saturday the 26th (from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), with the 14th annual Holiday Traditions Craft Show in the West Gym at Binghamton University, 4400 Vestal Parkway East in Vestal. This is a great way to get a jump on your holiday shopping and you're sure to find something unique.

This is not grade school arts and crafts but rather high-quality craft booths that will be showcased from craft vendors from surrounding states. If you go, expect to find a number of different mediums represented including, handcrafted furniture, sculpture, jewelry, needle craft, fine art, pottery, leather, photography, folk art, wood, glass and florals.  Over 150 craft booths are expected to be set up in the Binghamton University West Gym.