"All is calm, all is bright..." (Silent Night)
You know that feeling, when everything comes together? When all the preparation is done and the dinner party goes off without a hitch? When the last of the presents are bought and you can relax and know that there's nothing left you have to do? That's where I am now.
Yesterday I finished our last big pre-Christmas project: packing for our trip to Philadelphia to spend a week with my husband's family. We were lucky enough to just miss all the airport mess from the Denver storm and arrived on time. Today we did a quick trip to the store for a few last-minute gifts and Christmas cards (I always end up writing those during the holidays). Now we can relax and just enjoy friends and family.
A lot of bloggers are taking a break this next week, but I finally have the time to do some blog reading and hope to catch up on them, so don't be surprised if you see a few belated comments from me! I also brought some knitting with me, so I may have a few things to post. Christmas at my in-laws is definitely low-key: I already took two naps today!
I'm lucky that I didn't feel too stressed this year, despite two dinner parties and travel earlier than usual. I kept thinking, "How much harder would this be with a baby?" I guess we'll find out next year. Some people are either stressing out that they won't get it all done or finally admitting that some well-meaning plans won't happen. I try to be realistic, and to plan ahead. I like this challenge that I learned about from A Very Mary Design who referenced this. It calls for making one gift a month next year, so as not to be stressed out in December. I may try to do that.
While I'm on vacation, I'm going to spend some time letting my creative imagination go wild. I might have time to read this cool website I discovered at Artsy Mama. I'll definitely go back over all the blog posts I've clipped the past few months. I may hit a thrift shop here in Philadelphia. When I get back home, I'll be sure to start making more recycled felt purses and start figuring out what to do with all my felt scraps.
I know I only have four Blogline subscribers here, but I sense there are a few more of you out there reading regularly. After the new year, I think I'll have a contest to try to get some lurkers to post a comment! I thank all of you who follow my knitting, crafty and thrifting pursuits and who have gotten to know me over the past year. I wish you all a wonderful holiday and many blessings in 2007! Now, back to those Christmas cards...