I have been on a Christmas stitching frenzy. 🙂 I kitted a bunch of Christmas projects around Thanksgiving time and put them in one of my project totes in ziploc bags. I have been adding projects that I have ordered or that I have printed off of the internet. I have been working out of this box and have finished quite a few things. I have been impressed by how much I have gotten done. It is very motivating to finish a quick project in a couple of days. I think I will put more small projects in my screaming rotation in the coming year since it is so gratifying to see them stitched and finished quickly. I also find the Let’s Stitch blog very motivating as well. There is a lot of talented and supportive stitchers there…a pleasant place to be. 🙂
Here are some of my recent Christmas-sy finishes…
LHN Winter Sampler
JBW A Very Merry Christmas
LK Christmas Double Flips
Blackbird Designs and Blue Ribbon Designs ornaments
And my newest starts…
LK Christmas is Forever
Plum Street Samplers Emmanuel ornament
I think the Emmanuel ornament is so cute! It is a freebie offered by Paulette Stewart on her blog Plum Street Samplers. I have recently “discovered” her designs and I love them. 🙂 I have a feeling that her Christmas Tea design is going to have to find its way into one of my online carts very soon. 😉
So many Christmas designs to stitch, so little time…
In other news, the little dude had to come home sick from school today. I took him to the pediatrician who said it is something viral and that he should feel better in about three days. He’s had a headache since last night, but does seem to be feeling better tonight.
My dad is doing much better. He is getting around a lot better, much more mobile and able to use his walker much better. It won’t be long until he will be able to put some weight on his foot again, and then a few weeks after that he should be able to return to full weight on the foot and a return to “normal”. I will be so glad for him. I know he is getting tired of having a broken heel and being still.
Only 9 more work days for me and then I will be on Christmas break for 2 weeks. To say I am excited would be an understatement. Christmas is flying this year. Normally, it feels like the time lasts a little longer between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but this year it seems to be speeding along. There are so many things I want to do before it gets here, and yet at the same time, we have made a conscious effort to simplify things this year as well. We are trying to focus on the beliefs and traditions that are most important to our family and let go of the excess. We have put out only the decorations that are meaningful and that we really love. We are letting go of some things that we have done in the past because it is not important to us nor does it hold meaning. We are trying to embrace the traditions that we really love. One of those will be attending the Christmas Eve service at our church that begins at 11:00 pm and ends in candle light with Silent Night playing as the clock strikes midnight. It never ceases to bring tears to my eyes and fills me with the true spirit of Christmas. We did not attend last year and I missed that part of the holidays. I missed seeing all the small children that come dressed in their pjs, with half of them asleep in their parents arms by the end of the service. I missed the music and the scripture readings. I have realized by missing last year that this is important to me, so we will be making and effort to attend each year. I want to bake cookies with my son. I enjoy it. We have done this several times and it is one of the things that I enjoy. I used to put pressure on myself to bake several things and to try new things, but have realized that one or two things that we love is great. I really want to take him caroling this year too. This is something that I used to do as a teenager and loved it. I haven’t done it in years, but I think we will try to go with a group this year. It will be fun and as much as he loves to sing, he will enjoy it as well. I want to watch several Christmas movies. Several classics that I have never seen as well as old favorites. I am happy to say that we watched Charlie Brown Christmas tonight. Oh, the memories of my own childhood and the excitement of that cartoon coming on TV. My mother would make a special effort to remember when the holiday shows and movies were coming on and would make them special for us…sometimes with a snack while watching, almost always by watching with us. These are the type of memories that I want to pass on to my son.