Not that I'm alone in this, but this has been - is still - a particularly busy season for me. I know it's me putting pressure on me, because I know that once that calendar turns over to January I am going to be singularly focused on other more important issues, like my major surgery. So I have been pushing every day to get as much done as I can.
That makes me feel a little guilty because last year on this blog I wrote about a lot of Christmas memories and traditions that I cherish. Such a slacker I am this year! The cartoon above is so true for me - setting up the Christmas tree, the decorations, and especially my memory wreath take me on a huge stroll down memory lane. I wrote extensively last year about my memory wreath, here. It's up again this year and I'm having my moments of reverie. Here's some sweet memories that I didn't mention last year.
A friend gave me this ornament when I bought my condo just before Christmas almost 20 years ago. It was - and is - the first home I ever owned, so it was a big deal for me.
My older sister has done quite a bit of cross-stitch over the years. Here's one she gave me many years ago.
Here's another "Noel" cross-stitch she did. I embroidered the shoe? boot? many years ago in the first year of my marriage. (It was the ONLY year of my marriage, but we won't go there....)
My Wisconsin sister gave me this ornament. She worked for the Milwaukee Admirals (semi-pro hockey) for many years. She's not too happy with them now, because she was let go during a major cutback a few years ago.
The memory wreath is full of ornaments I make every year for everyone in my family, or at least the ones here in town who come to the family Christmas get-together. That's upwards of 40 ornaments, so I have to come up with some idea that I can do in an assembly line fashion. This year's ornaments aren't hugely fancy, but cute. Here's a sneak peek - I don't want to give too much away in case some family is reading this!
How are you doing? What do you do that evokes the most holiday memories for you?