It’s that time of year again! The thermometer is reaching up to triple digits, A/C’s are on full blast and the pools are flooded with children-yes, it’s time to focus on Christmas Crafts!
This is one of my favorite crafting idiosyncrasies; in order to have
enough stock for the Holiday season, you must work out of season. Given
that I must be in the right frame of mind, this requires a bit of
“environmental ingenuity” on my part. Lately I find myself running
around my apartment singing Christmas Carols at full volume, watching
Christmas or winter themed movies and starting my Christmas shopping.
(The last one never sticks. I will finish all of my shopping by October,
but inevitably am lured into shiny shops come the Holiday Season. On
the other hand, I am the best gift-giver I know!)
For me, this is great! I absolutely love Christmas, Santa Claus,
snowmen, candy canes and gingerbread men. Well. I love them in July. By
the time the calendar catches up with me, I am more than ready to shove
candy canes down Santa’s jolly throat while throwing burnt gingerbread
men into my snowmen ala ninja stars.
Nevertheless, it is July, and I am in full Christmas mode!
And Halloween. That’s the other odd idiosyncrasy-your Holidays tend to
run together. I do not know who’s grand idea it was to shove all the
holidays together at the end of the year, but I’ll be you a jar full of
buttons he was not a crafter! Just the other day I was trying to decide
how best to combine spiders and penguins into a wreath. (Trust me, it
just looked silly-there are no spiders at the South Pole!)
Personally, my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. No, not for the food
(but, wow, I do love the food!!) I love the idea of dedicating a day to
step away from the fast rat race called life and just be thankful for
our friends, family and life-and all without any expectations from
anyone! No kids screaming for candy, no “oh, what a great pair of
socks…really!” or demands of flowers and chocolate. All you gotta do is
show up and love the people you’re with-and order a pizza, cause really,
it’s Mom’s Thanksgiving, too!