|From a sweet calendar my girls loved as children. So thankful I thought to scan the illustrations!|
Some may see that as heavy-handed, but I know that he has my best good in mind. He has always been very willing to pitch in with other things while I work on the handmade gifts. He hates seeing me get so tired, however. So I've been willing to work with that very reasonable deadline on the calendar. After all, that's always been one of the main reasons I work on handmade gifts and Christmas preparations year round -- to free up December so I can really enjoy Christmas!
A couple of weeks ago I was challenged by something another blogger wrote about the importance of saying No to good things. In that post, the blogger, Christa, linked to a fall planning workbook she was using. (It's free, so you might want to download one for yourself!) As I thought, just a little bit, of what my summer has been like, and about what I want my autumn to look like, I began to seriously think about not doing handmade gifts (other than kitchen gifts) for the family this year. For awhile I've been considering making the handmade gifts for birthdays, and giving consumable family gifts at Christmas. I do have a few handmade things started for this year, and will finish them up. And I'll definitely be creating a few handmade things for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Beyond that, I haven't decided for sure yet. I'll let you know!
But regardless of what I decide, I do plan to be here in the Christmas kitchen just as often as possible, and I'll have plenty of recipes along with crafting and decorating inspiration to share. I'll stop in again very soon!