Four weeeks to Christmas - are you ready? Last year, we scaled down a bit on gifts, and I did alot of crafting, but I am afraid that my family is tiring of my 'making'. I really appreciated not having to step foot in a mall in December, not having to drive around parking lots for hours to find a parking space, not having to push past harried shoppers, not having to stand in checkout lines with impatient children, and so forth. Frankly I felt a little superior to all of those that simply picked something off the shelf and handed over cash. I spent weeks knitting, sewing, beading, baking, thrifting, and colouring. I don't know if that's the answer. I could support local businesses instead. I could buy gift cards that benefit non-profit organizations. I could give gifts of time. Make donations in lieu of gifts. Or scale down completely. Make new traditions and continue with old traditions. What do I want my children to remember about Christmas? I guess that's the question. In any case, their few gifts have been well-thought out and purchased, and I am making them each a gift. I'm keeping it simple.
Happy Sunday, my friends. We're off to spend good ol' quality time with family this afternoon - decorating the tree and sharing a meal. That's what I'm talking about.