Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The year-long yearning for everything Christmas

For as long as I can remember, my mom's years have revolved around a single holiday - Christmas. The day after Christmas begins the countdown to the following Christmas and the collection of decorations and gifts starts just as immediately. She loves it. And she has passed that love of Christmas onto her children - albeit our tastes are very different.

I insist we put up our fake tree (I know, I know, but where I grew up Christmas trees dry up before you have time to pull into your driveway with the tree strapped to the top of the car) no later than the weekend before Thanksgiving. I want to know that when Santa makes his debut at the end of the Thanksgiving Day Parade the Christmas season has started and I am ready to hit the ground running! DH accommodates lovingly :)

It came as no shock to DH yesterday, then, when I told him I had arranged to get a new cross-stitch pattern - and it was the 12 Days of Christmas! I emailed Mary Kathryn about the Prairie Schooler design to see if she had any more available through her shop, Handcrafts Online. Apparently the design has been retired so once they're gone they're gone. She does have a few and is setting one aside for me. Yes! I want to make each "day" into it's own ornament. My goal is to have a tree some day that is decorated all in cross-stitch ornaments. I know it seems wrong to be anticipating the arrival of a Christmas pattern when everyone is waiting not-so-patiently for spring to finally free us all from the bondage of winter weather. But it's time to start thinking of next Christmas in my world :)

And thank you all for your well wishes. I was feeling much more energized this morning. Now I'm back to dragging myself around. I wonder if this could be because I've been living on Easter candy for 3 days? Ugh. I told myself I was going to start "being good" come Monday morning. It's now Wednesday afternoon and I think I've eaten a pound of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in the last 2 hours alone :/ Oh well. There's always next Monday :)


staci said...

I love Reese's, thank goodness the bunny didn't put any in the baskets otherwise I would've eaten them while the kids were in school, LOL!

I love Christmas too and put up our tree (also fake, I'm allergic to evergreen) the day after Thanksgiving. It's never too early or ever the wrong season to stitch Christmas ornaments :) In fact, because they're small--I think it's perfect warm weather stitching.

Sally said...

In my opinion Christmas is just the best time of year:) In recent years it has been a bit of a downer for me once it's all over but last year it was so much better. The tree goes up the first weekend in December and Christmas songs get played every day after that if I get my way!! LOL!

I've already stitched my first Christmas ornament this year; strangely enough a Prairie Schooler one!

Tanya said...

Too funny - I have no willpower with candy. If it's in the house, I eat it. I've been living on the peanut butter chocolate mini eggs! They're almost gone - finally. lol

That PS chart is one of my favorites - love it!


Kathy said...

I love Christmas too. Always have way too many Christmas stitched designs done and in progress. I have so many decorations that it seems like by the time I get them all out and arranged, it is time to take them down.

I can relate to the candy. If it is in the house, it calls to me and I have to eat it until it is gone.