Traditionally, people give each other presents at Christmas. But I already have more stuff than I need, and, anyway, everybody knows that the best things in life aren’t things. To that end, we tried this year to do things a little bit differently….
When people asked what I wanted this year, I asked for an hour of time to help clean out my basement. While some people are traditionalists (my mother pointed out that you can’t wrap an hour & put it under the tree), a surprising number of people (including my mom) agreed to give me a little bit of time. I’m so excited to get started! Other people felt that consumables were appropriate gifts. As the recipient of chocolates, cookies, truffle oil, and homemade limoncello, I could not agree more!
On the giving side, we redid my goddaughter’s room as her Christmas gift. Her mother, grandmother, other aunt, and I spent an entire day repainting her room and bathroom (from little girl pink & purple to funky grass green & robin’s egg blue), rearranging the furniture, and updating all of the accessories. This is the room that can take her from being a little girl to a teenager (oy!), and she could not be more thrilled!
Also, my brother commissioned polymer clay jewelry for his sisters-in-law. I was honored to be asked–they’re lovely women, and it’s great to cement the family connection. Here’s what I made for them:
(Fingers crossed that they like their gifts.)
I didn’t get to see everybody I would have wanted to, but I did get to spend time with lots of family & friends, which is really where it’s at. I hope you & yours had a lovely holiday, too.