I've started a little decorating for Christmas in my studio. I got this tree last year at a thrift shop and saw a similar one in the Pottery Barn catalogue for $149. I think I paid $2 or $3 for it!
I've filled a bowl with red apple garlands and wooden beads.
Got out my favorite snow globe that plays Silent Night.
Put a red cloth on the table and gathered a few cardinals from another room.
I like making our home look festive for Christmas. Like many of you, I enjoy fussing with the house all year round, so there's no presssure to make it look more special at Christmas. It's starting to look festive, but really at Christmas I often don't feel festive. I feel like Scrooge.
Do you have time for a cup of tea while I tell you my story? .
I don't like shopping and am not good at it. So I get in a panic every Christmas. I don't have a clue what to buy and often when I ask, my kids don't have a suggestion because they are able to buy whatever they need! I am great at shopping yard sales and thrift shops, but their tastes run more to Pottery Barn and Gap. In the past I have given up trying to buy gifts and just give them money and I feel guilty because it is so impersonal.
Now we have grandchildren and you'd think it would be a delight to shop for them, but I still wander around the stores , not knowing what to buy. I really don't have to buy very many presents. Even so, I get in a panic. I want to avoid the whole present thing and then I feel like Scrooge.
We all have so much in this country and none of us need anything and our family is no exception. This year with the economy being the way it is and jobs aren't secure I feel the pressure even more.
Is there anyone else out there like me?
This year instead of presents under the tree for our adult children, there will be some families in Africa getting some goats and chickens. Now that kind of shoppping I can do!
Happy birthday to our oldest son, John who is 34 today. He is an amazing son, husband and dad and we are so proud of the man he has become. Happy birthday John. We love you.