Hello! Thank you for your sweet comments about my cross-stitch sampler, and for joining in with my link party too. Lately, I'm flying through the days, which are filled with things to do and places to be. I'm sure it's the same for you. I'm doing my best to take time to savor the season in between the tasks and commitments, which is often easier said than done, but I think I'm doing okay. All the gift-shopping is finished, but nothing is wrapped yet. I'm still hoping to finish the butterfly mobile decoration for the GB, but my hands are hurting so much when I crochet with the cotton yarns that I'm not sure I'll make it. I wanted to crochet two more butterflies. I might have to call it good with the ones I have; there are 18 of them, after all.
This is our last week before the holiday break. School finishes on Thursday and we won't go back for almost three weeks. It's going to be really nice to have some time off. We have a few short day trips planned, and of course, lots of holiday festivity. I've been baking up a storm for the past few days, amid the recitals and art shows and school parties. I need to donate a substantial amount of cookies to the school for a fundraiser, and of course we need a fair amount for home too.
Everything is decorated here, inside and out. Would you believe that I'm still reminding people to stop touching the Christmas tree? They're eight and eleven. I can't blame them - it is a pretty crazy thing to have standing in your living room for a month - but I hear that ting-ting-ting of an ornament being manhandled and I feel like I'm in a time warp. "Leave that tree alone," I say from the kitchen. "I'm not touching anything," they invariably reply.
I realized that this week marks ten years since the Bear, LB and I moved to New Mexico (the GB was born here). I've been thinking about how we've come to adopt some of the local holiday traditions. I can no longer imagine Christmas without luminaria. Next weekend, we'll make tamales. This morning, I took the small Bears to see a Christmas mariachi performance, which was fantastic. It was put on by a student group from the University of Texas, all of whom were massively talented musicians, dancers or singers. The show is a popular tradition here, celebrating Christmas in Mexican culture, and it was bright, colorful and happy.
How are your holiday preparations coming along? Are you in the thick of Christmas or are you biding your time? We're just starting to listen to festive music. We have not watched any Christmas movies yet; I have a feeling we'll do that on Friday, when there is no school. I just ate my first candy cane after lunch today. I'd say I'm easing into it at this point, juuust about ankle-boots-deep so far.