Friday, December 02, 2016
Mr. T's wise advice
He has just seen too many years of this, beginning with the first year we were married when we were both up late finishing handmade gifts, the only kind we could afford. Time has passed and we have numerous grandchildren. I have so enjoyed creating gifts for them. But life is busier than ever, and somehow I am always down to the wire on the gifts I'm making.
So last year he told me (and he stuck to it) that as soon as 2016 began, he was writing a crafting deadline on the calendar. It doesn't apply to food gifts, of course. We give lots of those and most cannot be done too far ahead. (Cookies, which can be made and frozen, are pretty much the exception, but I haven't really begun my cookie baking yet.)
What I decided to do, and it has worked well, is to make handmade gifts for the kids' birthdays instead. We have birthdays in March, April, May, June, August, September, November, and December. I've finished the December birthday gifts and they are on their way!
And you know, this is great. As much as I love making things in December, I am going to enjoy the season more this way. I have several ornament ideas I want to try, and I do find myself much more relaxed and able to be in the moment. So I'm thankful for my hubby's wise counsel. I know he was only looking out for my best interests and trying to reduce my stress level.
There may come a time when we will feel I can make a few handcrafted gifts in December again. But now, this busy season of eldercare and other responsibilities, is not the time. I'll enjoy it to the fullest with a light heart.