I am actually feeling pretty jolly about Christmas these days. I even began some Christmas projects that will be used as gifts for family and friends. My typical M.O. is waiting until about 9 days before Christmas at which point I am inspired to make the most intricately complicated yet heartfelt and adorable Christmas gifts for all friends, relatives, acquaintances, postman, water delivery guy and meter reader. Unfortunately, each said complicated and adorable handmade gift usually will average about 10 days to make. Thus finding myself repeating the same thing to everyone during gift giving....... "I was going to make the most incredible, beautiful and personal gift for you. You should get it sometime around Easter."
Throughout my adult years, the holidays have brought about a complicated mixture a feelings for me. And, frankly, the last 10 years has found me to be bit of a scrooge. It's not even a day. It's a "season". It has been stretched out to cover the entire months of September - December. I feel the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of the media. All media. You name it; I blame them. Magazines. Commercials. TV shows. The News. Overeager children. Every last one of them. I am deluged with all things helpful on how to "Save my Sanity during the Season"......."Relieve the stress with a doable plan"....."Save your nerves and not get frazzled"...."Get everything done and still have time for caroling"......"Get it all done with out injuring or maiming your loved ones".....OK I made that last one up. But still. It's ridiculous how Christmas has somehow risen to the level of stockpiling and preparing for an impeding hurricane. I mean for the love of everything in a box and a bow, am I preparing for Christmas or Armageddon. Because at this point I am not sure anymore. But one thing is for sure, having kids has definitely brought the magic back into Christmas for me. I keep it simple for me and simple for them and let the "season" flow onto me instead of chasing it down.
So with that said, I am going to go back and finish the glitter infused ornaments I am creating. Complete some designs for some jewelry. And let vision of sugar plums dance in my head.