Friday, December 24, 2010

my christmas wish for you.

1:30am and the Christmas doll quilts are done! (Pillows tomorrow.)
Wow is this ever a stressful time of year.  I've been making it a goal to smile at every person I make eye contact with, stranger or friend.  It's amazing how surprised people are to have someone give them a genuine smile this time of year.   It's wonderful when someone who was lost in a haze of stressful eyebrow furrowing looks up and returns your smile.
Under my mom's tree, in BC!
My sewing projects did not come together like I had wished (only 2 of 6 tree skirts completed).  I have not baked a single cookie (yet?).   But I have made about ten batches of cashew brittle (and only ruined 3).  I have assembled, painted, personalized and made quilts for Cam's doll beds (a gift to go with her American Girl Bitty twins present).   And best of all, I have wrapped all of the Christmas presents.
I should have done this outside. Fumes = stinky!
The big grocery shop for dinner tomorrow is done.  The tree is not up (yet?).  My goal today is simply to relax and breathe.  That is what I wish for you.

Enjoy the day.  Appreciate the people around you.  Tell them you love them (even your weird Uncle Maury).

Don't freak out if something doesn't go as planned.   Leave your baggage at the door and start fresh this year.  Remember, if all else fails, you can order Chinese food.

a nasty cold just in time for Christmas!
Wipe runny noses, sit down and enjoy a cup of tea.  Go easy on the booze and heavy on the hugs.  Build happy new traditions for you and yours.  Remember to say thank you.  Take lots of pictures.  Breathe.
my year in facebook status updates!

Dance while you do dishes, sing in the shower, tell your turkey dirty jokes every time you pull it out of the oven to baste it.   Go for a walk in the snow (if you have any).

Most of all, find your joy.

1 comment:

  1. BTW - We got Charlotte the Emily doll from American Girl. She is craaaazy excited!!

    Love the doll quilts - such a creative idea.

    I tried the whole smiling thing in the grocery store this a.m. It was pretty tough considering the guy behind me complained loudly and non-stop about garbage collectors, snow plow drivers, police officers and how government employees are lazy bastards who get paid for doing nothing and don't have a clue what it's like to work for a living. Of course, this government employee was standing in front of him at Longo's answering email inquiries on her Blackberry on her day off. It took all my strength not to clock him. As I walked away I turned to him and said (while smiling), it doesn't sound like you're going to have a very merry Christmas. I am officially in the holiday spirit now. LOL.

    Merry Christmas to all of you!!