OK. I acknowledge that I'm having trouble coming to terms with the end of another holiday season, and certainly having a hard time with the end of a wonderful winter vacation. Back to it tomorrow.
We'll take the tree down next weekend; I do like to leave it up at least until Epiphany (Jan. 6, the day the three kings arrived, the 12th day of Christmas). Dean is all for celebrating Three Kings Day as his close friend, whose father is from Puerto Rico, does, but I *think* we've all had enough in the gift department.
Meanwhile, though, I'm mulling over how many of us seem to share the "I'm not ready!" panic that hits us in December. We want to enjoy the holidays and we want to give homemade gifts, but the whole thing pounces on us and leaves us focused on how we survive it. What about an informal Christmas Club?
The idea is that we gently remind and encourage each other once a month throughout the year. I'm thinking about the 15th of each month, and my own goal is to make one gift per month. My goals will ramp up in the fall, with an eye to complete any shopping by 11/15 and wrapping by the end of November. Whatever your goals are is up to you -- it's not a competition.
What do you think? Are you interested?