Sunday, December 07, 2008
Remind Me Again: Christmas Date
Why do I allow this holiday to sneak up on me every year? Why couldn't I be more like Tea and get my shopping done earlier? And why does our town have our property taxes due on December 1st? Like Shelly, I still haven't done my Christmas cards and yes, for some I feel it's just a waste since I see some of the people often. But then there are a few people that I do like to stay in touch with. But why do I let this holiday cause to feel guilty and rushed? Because I let it, mmmm, New Year's Resolution, get the Christmas shopping and cards done earlier.
Then there's the ambitious knitting projects that I haven't completed yet. Without getting into details, since I think some of the recipients may read this blog, I can safely say that felting yarn won't be a passion of mine. I just don't have the patience, pictures to follow in another post or two. But I am not thrilled with the Noro felting and will have to re-wash the items a few more times. It would have helped if I had used the right size needles for the second object and it appears that "they" are right about larger needles to be used for felting. The good news of all of this, is that I will be felting some bags for Shelly's Good Medicine Bag project and have some darker wool to be used for boy bags, after Christmas. I will be patient, because I think the outcome will be worth it.
The Christmas tree is up, the cats are leaving it alone. Now I wish I could say the same of the cotton stuffed stars, wreaths and santas that were sitting on my windows. Stash seems to think that they look better strewn about the house. When he sees one of these decorations, he is beside himself in trying to get to it. (Btw- see that pretty tree skirt under the tree? It's now balled up behind the tree, since the cats have taken over that real estate, better under than in the branches, I say....)
Gift buying, another minefield.....what to get our parents who have what they need. Is it necessary to get stuff for the sake of a gift? Next year, I want to knit sweaters for my aunt and mother and will just have to do that earlier. Gift certificates to restaurants work well for my in laws since they like to go out to eat, but it seems impersonal. As for my kids, we plan on a trip to London in the spring to visit my oldest who will be doing a semester in England, no big gifts for them this year!!
What dilemmas do you deal with at Christmas time? Relatives, gifts, food, time, cards or just fitting everything in?