As Christmas draws closer it could be easy to become frantic and crazy trying to get everything done... but what really NEEDS to be done?
To be honest, I have done most of the crossed out items on the list and can truly appreciate the "better choices" that are written in. Over the years we have scaled back our celebrations and reduced our gift list. Dave comes from a large family and a few years ago we decided to for-go the gift exchange for adults and pool our donations made to a charitable organization.
One tradition we have not altered over the years is our Annual Christmas Newsletter. An update has been sent out with a card since we were married in 1985. In the early 2000s our lives were overly busy and I had declared that I needed help with the letter. Since then each individual has written their "article" offering the update and highlights of their own life.
I am ever so grateful that our girls, despite being in their 30s, have continued with this tradition. It can be quite the undertaking trying to get all of what was written to "fit" into the document. Some sentences get cut or re-phrased to do so... As editor of the family newsletter, I offer a deadline for the submission. Each year, like clockwork, our youngest quickly sends her contribution in. Also like clockwork, our oldest gets her section submitted just before the deadline. LOL!
Last year she was late by a day. Dave and I discussed our options. Rather than leave her out, I started scouring her fb account for pictures from throughout the year to offer a "pictorial" accounting of their family. She would have been fine with that, but it was nice to get her actual update.
All that to say that our letter has been printed and envelopes will be hand addressed this evening. (It started out with just the front of a page, soon after it was printed front & back of a page... and then extended to a legal size paper, front and back... With Heather's family having 6 people to account for, she needed more "real estate" to share their lives. This year the letter has grown again... it is now on 11x17, front and back. The printer stated that "I anticipate next year's letter having an insert". I assured him "this is the final expansion."
Once the family letter is in the mail I'll return to last week's list...
✔ Write final installment for the Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail sew along and get the last pattern written and tested (DONE - This will be published on Thursday, December 16th!)
✔ Meet with the local quilt shop about partnering for a block of the month event featuring the Pieces From the Past patterns (DONE - you can read about the details on last week's Thankful Thursday story)
❧ Finish the Disney Babies Memory Quilt (It sits right now 1/2 quilted and the binding has been cut and prepared.)
It won't take long once I get back to the studio. :) Of course, if I hadn't become distracted with a DrEAMI project on Friday, it would be done. 🤷
I think we all know and understand how projects like these just cannot be ignored and you HAVE to get done. You can read about the scrappy placemats by following the link above.
❧ Pull out decorations for Christmas (I hung up our stockings and the garland that holds the Christmas cards we receive.)
I saw a friend post the following... and I thought is was appropriate to share.
I don’t know who needs to hear this, but here goes.
You are not required to make a hand made gift for everyone you love every year. I see so many of my friends becoming increasingly more frantic as the holidays approach, racing to finish gifts for their 37 most loved people. It’s too much. Give yourself a break.
I stopped making Christmas gifts for family a few years ago, and it has been the best decision of my life.
No one is entitled to a handmade quilt at Christmas. Sure, it’s nice, but if you have made yourself unhappy and stressed, it wasn’t worth it. My friends and family get quilted gifts when the spirit moves me, which isn’t at Christmas.
If you are making yourself unhappy, stop. Wouldn’t it be nice to give someone a surprise gift in February? Or October? Just because you made something and think they would like it. Not because society appreciates makers only one time of year. Or when they need us to be an unpaid mask making army.
I love you all. Have a wonderful holiday.
I hope that you are able to enjoy this season of celebration without feeling pressured or rushed. Take the time to enjoy a cup of tea as you visit with a friend or family member. Your presence will be more appreciated than your present.
Do you have any tips in surviving the hectic racing of the season?
Leave a comment... I'm sure all of us would love to hear what you have to say.
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