On Labor Day, I entered our local Stop and Shop and was rendered speechless. I was in shorts and flip-flops at the time and I had purposefully walked by the display of mums without making eye contact. "Not yet" I said to myself "it's too early." But as soon as I entered the store, I was eye-to-eye with a towering, menacing snow globe full of wretched, plastic blow-up figures engulfed in blowing faux snow.
That snow globe seems to have done something to my unconscious because I can't stop thinking about Christmas. Last time I had photos printed to Target I had 50 prints made of one I particularly likes to enclose in our Christmas cards. I have a little gift ideas list in my Filofax (yes, I still have a Filofax- some day I'll tell you about my experience with a Palm Pilot) and when I'm out shopping I find myself jotting things down.
Last year,around this time, I was training for a big race and totally overwhelmed with a bunch of things and I bought all my gifts late and hardly send out any Christmas cards. This year, I said, Things Will Be Different and so far, I'm chipping away at Christmas little by little and it's not freaking me out. Yet.
One thing I did manage to do last year was start scrap booking with Kiddo. We presented each set of grandparents (she has four) with a handmade book of pictures and art work from the previous year. You'd have thought we bought them all cars they were so excited. This year, all we have to do is choose from the best of this year's photos and drawings and make new pages. With four sets of grandparents (plus one album for hubby) this is a time consuming project, but it's so worthwhile. As a special touch, I had kiddo write a letter to each recipient telling them why they are so special to her and pasted them on a page.
Today, I got this newsletter from Family Fun Magazine with printable patterns for scrapbook decorations. If you're a scrapbooker or aspire to be one, I hope you'll check these out.
Maybe Christmas will actually be fun this year.... but I'll start drinking now just in case.
Ho ho ho.