It has been hard for me to get into the spirit of the season this year for me......could be the 70 degree weather when putting up the Christmas lights outside. What do people in Florida do to get in the spirit? Anyway, yes, the weather has been fabulously above normal and I fear we will be all the more shocked when it returns to normal. But for now, it is fantastic to be out and about in just a sweater or vest.
Just about ready I am for the family and fun. (Hopefully) I have made the last trip to the grocery store. I have all I need to make my Scandanavian fish chowder for Christmas eve, Christmas morning breakfast and the prime rib for Christmas day. I do have some gift cards to pickup and lottery tickets to buy for stuffing in the stockings which I plan to head out later this morning to do.
I do have to wrap some presents still. And I am trying to keep my foot on top of Buyers Remorse which always wants to rear its ugly head. I am doing something different this year with the wrapping to make it easier. I found a big box for each person and placed inside all their presents wrapped in tissue. That leaves me with only one box per person to gift wrap. I think it's genious!
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I also did less decorating inside this year. No more decorating every room and putting up multiple full sized trees.....including a tree in the bathroom. Not really more evidence that I had trouble getting into the spirit. I started the downsize last year. I think with only using one third of what I usually do, I probably am still in line with what most people do. I really need to downsize all the tubs and crates of Christmas decorations.....one of those jobs to add to the list for a rainy spring day when I have nothing else to do......does that day really exist?
Not much stitching has been done between holiday prep and physical therapy visits (which are doing wonders!!). Such a busy time of the year with dinner with friends, house parties, house tours, shopping, caroling and visiting friends. Everything always manages to get done which is why I refuse to get stressed and loose sleep because I am rolling around a million and one thoughts in my head about how, when, yes, no, what, where......breath.....it always comes together. Not even making any New Year's Resolutions this year other than to make sure I take time to stop and enjoy the view along the way.
So from my home to yours........wishing you the merriest of Christmases
and the safest and happiest of New Years.