How are you all holding up this Christmas season? I hope you are able to enjoy bits and pieces of it.
Even with the stress of everything that goes along with it, I have been able to catch those wonderful feelings during small moments this Christmas.
My husband and I were finishing up our Christmas shopping and I was going over all the gifts I have made or thought of for our families and friends, the cards to send out, the teachers to give to, the neighbors to deliver to, the goodies to make…etc. etc. The list went on and on. He listened throughout it all and for a moment we stood in silence in the check-out lane at Target while I thought about how overwhelmed I was. Then he gave me a big hug and said, “Thank you. Thank you so much for doing all of this. It’s so much work and I really appreciate all you do.” It almost made me cry. Because it’s just plain nice to feel appreciated. So for those of you who feel overwhelmed and stressed out, I really hope that you will be able to feel some peace and joy this Christmas season. And remember to think kindly of yourselves for all the efforts you go through this time of year! Sometimes we really are wonder women, right? ;) (not to exclude the men here but I kind of am, ha ha! Unless you do all that stuff above, then you rock, too.)
Here is a little round-up of some of my past Christmas projects or posts.
I found my 8 year old reading these stories as I walked past him to the laundry room. I mentioned that I was happy he was reading them. He came down a couple minutes later and said, “Mom! Those stories are REALLY good.” I told him yes, they certainly were, and how they all make me cry. He said, “They made ME cry too!” So sweet.
This is a great way to get the kids excited for doing service! My kids have already filled it up this year. They were SO excited!
Here are a couple small gifts for teachers, friends, or stocking stuffers.
You’ll also find a link to a tissue holder tutorial there without the loop attached.
I used a lot of ideas from Cheri’s post.
And of course some posts from this year.