First of all, my children and grand children are of the age that they would just as soon have a gift of money, rather than a gift of my choosing. For several years now, that has been just fine with me. Some of those years, I didn't even put out the stockings and the last time I put up a Christmas tree was 2007.
Not having the stockings hung didn't go over so well the first time. The second time, they didn't grumble so much but were resolved. My reasoning was simple. As sad as it seems, no one would see the tree as we live in the country and even when the tree is up, it can't be seen from the road. Seldom do we have company and even though that is my own fault, it is a fact. It seems such a huge job to pull out everything and get it all set for just one day.
The last two years, it seemed like Christmas came and went signaling the end of the year and I wasn't ready for the year to be over. I felt like I needed another month before starting a new year. It just seemed like things weren't finished. Things I meant to get around to but didn't. A whole lot of good intentions went by the wayside leaving me feeling empty and frustrated.
This year, I decided I had to do things a little different. The first thing I figured out was that I needed to buy gifts for my children and grandchildren. Oh sure, they will get some money also, but for me, I needed to give a wrapped gift of my choosing. And so I went shopping. Presents for everybody and stocking stuff too.
The next thing I did was take time to bake and share sweets with my friends.
On Christmas eve, I had to go to the hardware store for a plumbing need and right at the door was a huge stack of boxed small Christmas trees...with the lights already on them. On sale. I loaded one in my car and share here the little table-top tree all ready for our Christmas, January 2nd.
Yes, that is what I said. It's not here yet. We only have two children but Christmas weekend didn't work out for them. I really wanted to be upset about this. For me, Christmas is Christmas. I think I got that from my Mother. Thank goodness, my sweet daughter set me straight in the most gentle way and I realized, it's not about ME. So on Christmas day, I finished decorating the little tree while making a wonderful dinner. Sweet daughter and grand daughter joined us during her break from work. I still need to get the stockings out and fill them. I have some wrapping to do yet too. Nothing like waiting to the last minute. Feels so right.
One last thing, I even made some Greeting cards and am still getting them sent out.
The oddest thing about all of this it that I feel like I'm ready for the year to end and a new year to start. I hope my kiddos like their presents because I know that is what made a Merrier Christmas for me.
And now, what about my Gift to YOU?
Palimpa Lim and Simply blue and Pamela Jane are the winners of my gifts to YOU.
But wait, there's more. I have gifts for everybody who whispered to me in either of the last two posts. Here is what you do:
♦Send me an email to: sktomlinson at gmail dot com
♦Give me your snail mail address
♦Tell me if you like napkins
♦If you would like any of my collage sheets (look at my etsy shop) sent to you by email, just tell me so and if you have a preference, tell me that too.
I'll be watching for your emails.
ps....I wanted to tell you that all the little birds that decorate my tree this year were my Mother's. We laid her to rest on Christmas Eve 1991. I found all these little birds scattered among her unfinished craft projects.