cue Christmas music...

I have to admit, I take my cue from retail and start seriously thinking about Christmas shortly after Halloween. Maybe not the next day after Halloween, but certainly in that first week of November. And I always feel panicked at that point too. As it's now mid-month and I'm really just starting to get the ball rolling, I'm in the uncomfortable position of being really behind this year. I have, however, managed to commission my favourite local artist, significantly reducing what's on my proverbial plate.
Christmas prep falls into three main categories: baking, decorating, and gifting. I'm getting a kick start to my preparations by taking an online course -- actually more like a daily dose of inspiration with no actual assignments, no grades, no pressure -- and so my first effort this year falls into the "decorating" category:

The first candle holder is a plea, "Dear Santa, I can explain...", the second is just snowflakes, and third is more resigned, "Be naughty, save Santa the trip". Which pretty much describes my emotional progression from here to Christmas -- hopeful at first that all will get done and be the best ever, then a brief period of blissful busy-ness, and finally defeat, that what I've accomplished will have to suffice for this year... But it wouldn't be Christmas any other way.


  1. Older sister of your man16 November 2012 at 19:18

    You do holidays better than anyone else I know DoOver. You think you are behind? I'm not sure you even know the meaning of the word!! The very fact that you've already done a decorating project (which, as usual, is stunningly beautiful and creative) is testament to the fact that you ARE on top of things. I can't even stay on top of birthdays, let alone the important festivals of our year. The best thing I have going for me right now is that I hold my family and friends in my heart every day. Don't be too hard on yourself - what you accomplish anytime, regardless of how much or how little it is, is MORE than enough.

    Thank you for inspiring me constantly DoOver!! :)

    1. Wow -- you're welcome! And thanks for the pep talk! Now, back to work...


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