Thursday, November 15, 2007

Christmas Round One

Yesterday I inventoried the pile of bags shoved at the back of my closet. The good news is that I am farther along on my holiday shopping timeline than I thought. The bad news is that I still have a sleigh-load to buy, most of which will have to wait until December. After a trip to the local craft store-one that will not be repeated any time soon because the carts are too small to hold more than one child and the aisles so narrow that the only restrained child could still reach shelves on both sides)-I have newly high blood pressure as well as a few homemade gift ideas and a month-long date with my crochet hook. The present factory is understaffed and underfunded, but officially open for business.

Right now my five-year-old daughter and I are finishing an embroidered picture for one of my in-laws, after which I have to crochet five stuffed bunnies. They’re supposed to be from Santa, so I have to work on them when there are no watchful little ones. Night, maybe? But I *do* like to sleep every now and then. Add to this a steadily growing parade of houseguests, the observance of Jewish holidays, and my promise to make all-new ornaments for my Christmas tree—out of recycled and salvaged materials, of course—and I am nearing the insane stress level under which I seem to function best. Let the breakdown commence!

The goal is cheap! easy! fast! personal! But I'll settle for three out of four. If you have an idea, let me know; otherwise, I'll be publishing mine as they occur to me.


Green Bean said...

Yikes! That's a lot of crocheting to do. I haven't read your entry re making new ornaments for the tree and such but can you put the kiddies to work doing that and maybe have them make gifts for the grown ups? My boys are giving a picture the eldest drew and a DVD of my little one singing to their grandparents this year. I'm counting that enough. :) Good luck!

Emily the Great and Terrible said...

I'm hoping my children will do the lion's share of ornament making and that my role can be limited to planning and procuring materials.

I like that DVD idea, but one of my teens broke our camcorder.