Friday, December 13, 2013

Warp speed ahead

How is it that thanksgiving was only two weeks ago?  Doesn't it seem like a long time ago?  It does to me. But at the same time Christmas feels like it's coming at warp speed.  

Thanksgiving was lovely. Truly wonderful.  It was SO nice to have Monday off. Gave us a whole extra day to enjoy and no traffic at all coming home. 

There was Christmas tree choosing, and overeating, Elf watching and Christmas present making.  Awesome.  

Christmas. Oh how I'm loving this Christmas season.  The lights. The tree(I put mine up the week before thanksgiving!). The gift buying and wrapping(which I usually despise).  The music.  All of it.   Loving it. My mom loved Christmas. She always made it so special. 

It has been several years since I have enjoyed Christmas like this. I'm just feeling so very good this year.   

My Christmas tree this year.  I lost all of my ornaments and decorations in the move(s) so I had to start from scratch.  I chose jewel tone colors.  I love the way it turned out.  

I'm all done shopping and even wrapped all of my presents.  I hate wrapping presents.  Despise.  I'm so bad at it. Usually my presents turn out ripped, or lumpy, or both.  This year I had an idea to just use brown Kraft paper(because it's sturdy) and colored twine. I couldn't find the twine when I went to Michael's but I happened upon some Christmas Washi tape. So much better than ribbon or twine!  No tying required. It just sticks to the paper.  Love it.  I wanted to do something different for tags as well. I've seen on pinterest using pictures of each recipient but I don't have a printer right now(I'm hoping to get one for Christmas- hint hint). I decided to use scrapbook paper letters instead.  I just pulled out my Cricut and cut a bunch of letters in different sizes.  I'm really happy with how they turned out.  

Last Saturday night was our staff Christmas party.  It was at a beautiful restaurant in Laguna Beach and we had a wonderful time.  I was missing some very special people though and so much wished they could have been there.  

As happy as I am this Christmas, I know there are people out there for which Christmas is not a happy time.  For some this time of year is wrought with loneliness, isolation and sadness.  My heart goes out to you if you fall under that category.  I've been there. Last Christmas was incredibly difficult. I mostly just wanted it to be over.  The year my mom died was horrid too.  Actually the last five Christmases have been not that great.   As happy as I am this Christmas, those times stick with me and I feel for others going through a hard time. 

I want to send out a virtual hug and loving thoughts to anyone reading this that just hopes to get through the holiday season unscathed, who wish it would just end already.  I get it. I'm sorry.  I wish for this season to go by quickly and happier holiday seasons to come. 

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