I've been hard at it, you know. OK, maybe you don't, because I have been trying not to talk about it too much. Didn't want to give away gifts. Hmmm, that doesn't sound right. I DO want to give away gifts, but I didn't want to give up what the gifts were to the people getting them. I love hand made stuff. one of the things that puts me in a holiday mood is making gifts. I have, over the years, gotten the "production line" busy with dragons, stuffed rocking horses, snow flakes, bunnies, and other stuff that I don't recall right off. Its going now, and it feels great. Pictures later, probably after Christmas, but I think they are turning out well. I have quite a list to make for, too. One of these years, I'm going to request a hand made Christmas from my family, and exchange things we have made. I bet the gifts would be some of the best ever.
I usually have an easier time getting in the holiday mood. This year, it seems a little more work. Work to get the stuff out. Work to put up the tree. Work to fight through the holiday crowds. Bleah. BUT, I have a 5-year-old, and SHE is excited. We get to tease her with threats of Barbies and pink stuff, while she dreams of giant radio controlled dinosaurs. We told her she needs to write a letter to Santa. She said, "People don't do that!" We told her, "yes, they do!" and "ask your teacher." (For some reason she doesn't believe everything we tell her.... hmmmm). At any rate, she's a very good age for a fabulous Christmas. Hopefully that will motivate us. Still we are going for the simple holidays this year.
And, I suppose it is time to think about getting ready. Sunday is the last day of November, and Christmas is less than a month away. Time to dig out the tree and the decorations. I found the cards, and now for the trek through the address book and a trip to the post office. Maybe not this weekend, though. I'll be happy getting the tree up next weekend, and maybe working on the cards during the week this week. Still, I suppose its time to sing along with those Christmas carols, now.