These days before Thanksgiving feel like the last chance to do a few things before the holiday season begins in full swing.
Friday night I sat down at my desk with my notebook and a chocolate bar (the 3rd entry in my Chocolate Notebook), and I wrote down everything I was thinking about for the holidays. It felt good to see my ideas on paper.
It didn’t take me long to realize I had way too many sewing projects listed. I don’t want to be frantically awake in the wee hours on Christmas morning trying to finish up someone’s gift. Better to have one sewing project complete than several that are started and left unfinished, forlorn. I chose one to work on, and if I finish that one then I can begin another one. I’m very excited about this one. I can’t wait to show you.
Before we get out the Christmas decorations next weekend, I wanted to move a few things out so it wouldn’t feel too crowded. I sorted through the clothes in my closet and drove them to Goodwill. Bonus: I found $7 in a pocket! I love when that happens. Next I’ll go through the kids’ clothes and toys.
A word of advice, don’t pause for a minute to look at last year’s Christmas photos. It will be just like the scene from Christmas Vacation when Chevy watches old family movies in the attic while wearing old coats and a fur hat, waiting for the family to come home. Everything will look beautiful in the golden glow of days gone by and the kids just grow up too fast. You’ll end up a weepy mess while stuff covers your dining room table.
Not that I would know anything about that.
Focus people, focus.
Phone calls to family to arrange travel plans and who’s bringing what to holiday meals. Shopping lists to make, trying to keep them as brief as possible. And making sure that every chosen idea would bring a sense of wonder and joy to our family’s Christmas holiday, rather than being something “extra” that could lead to feeling overwhelmed.