A million words have been written about saving time, making time, having time and all the rest of the catch phrases. This time of year the days and hours always seem to run faster than any other time. Finally, we are ready for our Christmas.
The cards have been sent. At least the the cards have been sent to the people in my oldest address book. Those in my newest address book will have to wait a bit longer for I have not seen it since we moved here in August.
The packages have been carefully and lovingly wrapped...by me. John has a whole other idea about gift wrapping. See his artful wrapping (below) to someone on his side of the family. The gift inside is pretty wonderful and carefully and lovingly planned, but, oh that wrapping! He insists that it is a family tradition to use the leftover bits of ribbon all on one gift! Note the band-aid on the lower left corner of the package. I think John may be mocking my wrapping obsession.
And can you see that I have pulls on my new kitchen cupboards? We have begun to empty boxes of kitchen things. As I open each box and unwrap the dishes and vases and cookbooks, I feel like it is my own personal Christmas, surprises in each little bundle of paper. I feel as though I am greeting my old friends, remembering as I unwrap them where they came from or what special occasion they last were used. It is funny how a plate or a stack of grandma's linen napkins can evoke an entire period of time. My dad used to say that one cannot love an inanimate object (I think he was actually referring to some shy high school date of mine) but I do love my stuff. Maybe because I have moved so many times, these old and familiar objects are my symbols of home. Once I have placed them in the new house, it becomes mine and home.
Yesterday, I received a gift from Peggy Budfuloski. She made this striking gameboard using StampBoard, Stampers Anonymous' Game Card image (M3-707) and Radiant Pearls. It is really beautiful. Thank you, Peggy! Such a nice surprise and such a wonderful gift.
Dear friends and family,
I wish you the happiest and most joyful holiday. Relax, enjoy, stay calm and pay attention to the moments. I will see you in the New Year.