This photo wasn't taken in December. It was taken at Longwood Gardens, on Thanksgiving evening, when it was still November and December was a whole week away. I was there alone; I was the only one crazy enough to want to see pretty lights in a cold rain; and it seemed like there was an entire lifetime before Christmas.
And now, suddenly, it's December. Okay - let's all confess. How many projects do you want to get done this Christmas season?
I know the true meaning of Christmas. I know that if I keep it simple that I will be happier and more in tune with the spirit of the season. I don't care. Now that I'm back in town again, and refusing to leave town until the 18th, here's my list of everything I want to do in the next two weeks:
1. Finish Christina's pink & brown dress
2. Sew a skirt for Allison
3. Sew a blouse for Laura
4. Make gingerbread cookies shaped like one of my office's projects for the upcoming Christmas party.
5. Make cookie dough to give away; try this new recipe.
6. Design labels for the cookie dough.
7. Christmas gifts for everyone. Make nightgowns/pajamas for the Arizona kids.
8. Decorate the house (haven't started that one yet)
9. Sing the Magnificat by John Rutter (that's underway - I'm in a community choir that's singing it on Sunday)
10. Write to my friends. All of them.
11. Make chicken pot pies for friends that are really busy right now. Decorate them with cute lettered cutouts like Heather Bailey's pies.
12. Make wreaths and garlands for my doors and fireplaces. I've bought the basics, now I just have to get the hot glue out.
13. Make a gingerbread house.
14. Watch ALL of the dumb romancey Christmas shows, along with the stop-action ones.
15. Finish watching Bleak House.
16. Finish reading the Old Testament (Isaiah, Hosea-Malachi to go).
17. Attend my church's Christmas party and look like I want to be there.
18. Put up my Playmobil advent calendar.
19. Invite people for dinner, so that someone besides me SEES the Christmas decorations.
20. Put up lights outside.
21. Put together a care package for my cousin Diana, who is serving in Iraq.
22. Get all of my Christmas music onto my iPod.
23. Go to NYC for a day.
24. Write my Christmas letter (yes, I'm one of THOSE people) and design it to match my cards.
25. Create scrapbook kit for Laura.
26. Make CDs of Grandma Jenkins' scrapbook for the cousins who don't have one yet.
27. Oh yes - go to work.
And that's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.
In case you don't think that I have things in perspective, I had planned to have my bedroom completely organized and repainted so that I could decorate it for Christmas too. I have decided to let go of that idea. I put Christmas sheets on the bed and called it good. See? I have low expectations, really I do. And I have no intention of making one of these this year (again, from Longwood):
I'll update as the season progresses. Or after I'm out of the institution/rehab center. As long as there are pretty lights, I'll take whichever comes first.