More the "bury my head in the sand & pretend there wasn't so much to do" spirit...
But a couple of things happened in the last week that made me change my attitude somewhat...
a) I received my totally gorgeous Modern Christmas Table runner parcel, made by the very talented Helen. This could not have come on a better day- I really needed a pick me up that day, and receiving this bundle of goodies was certainly the perk up I needed - thank you Helen! :)
What a generous parcel Helen sent:
As you can see, she sent not just a table runner, but also a lovely selection of handmade Christmas ornaments, and some Christmas candy too. Helen even went to the extra effort of stalking me to make ornaments in the letters that each of my family members names start with. Hannah had great pleasure in hanging an "H" on the tree! And also announcing that HER name also had an "A" in, so was that one hers too?
She is too smart for her own good that girl!
Here is my gorgeous table runner on my (freshly wiped) table:
It is a perfect fit isn't it!
And just look at Helen's piecing:
Perfect points on those oh so tiny stars!! Eeek I suspect I would run a mile if I had to attempt those teeny tiny flying geese! So in other words I totally appreciate the work Helen put in.
But I have to admit that I have found a home for this away from the table. I just could NOT stand to get mucky fingers and spills all over it, so it now lies (somewhat) safely on our TV cabinet in front of the TV in our living room.
Not the most ideal home, but definitely the safest! And at least one I can view & appreciate often!
And b) It was as if our lovely swap Mumma Susan knew that I was going to blog about Christmas today, because when I went to check my mail I had a surprise parcel in there from her filled with wonderful handmade ornaments:
What a lovely surprise that was!
Yet again Hannah had great glee in hanging them on our (constantly changing) tree:
So thank you ladies for helping me feel a bit more in the Christmas spirit!
Actually having made a list of things I need to do and be well on the way through them has helped me feel a bit more relaxed about the season too.
Now I'm starting to really look forward to it rather than be daunted by it.
(The daunted part is mostly just because I hate the congestion at the shops at this time of year, which unfortunately is pretty unavoidable for many things.)
It is kind of crazy how much work we give ourselves to do at this time of year, isn't it?
Not really what it's all about...
So, I'm trying to remember the real reason we celebrate Christmas as I plod along, and try and focus on that, not the growing list of things to do!
How bout you? How's your Christmas spirit?