The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas sometimes feels like a race. When I plan ahead, it feels like I imagine a long distance run might feel. When I do not, it is a sprint to the finish.
Unfortunately, with all of this (metaphorical) running, it is easy to miss the Joy of the Christmas season.
Thankfully, with a little bit of planning, most of my gifts are wrapped and under the tree. I have a few on the table waiting to be wrapped this evening. One is waiting to be picked up from Stephen, who owns the UPS store where I have a PO Box. (Yeah, that is largely for business purposes, but, for a body to sign for packages, it is also ideal!) I have one gift that is (hopefully) being shipped as we speak. It may be the one Christmas gift this year that doesn't make it until after our celebrations. (Boo.)
Yes. Celebrations. We are celebrating with Hoopingarners and Headleys and Thiels ... and then Amundgaards and Grigorievs ... who can get a whole dispersed family together at the same time?! If you do it successfully, you better tell me the secret!
But, we have our house fully decorated. It is hard not to be cheerful when surrounded by twinkle lights! I am working on a very belated knitting project (that I realized last night has more to go than I expected - Arg). This is the perfect project for right now, because there isn't much you can do while knitting away except be still and mull your thoughts - or have a great conversation - or enjoy the lights of the Christmas tree - or sit quietly with your husband and enjoy the moment. (Now, it is not the perfect project for now because I'm not sure I have enough quiet time to give so that it will be finished. But I am hopeful!)
May you too find some time to be slow amidst all the busy-ness that comes with this time of year.