Last night I finished all of the out-of-town holiday gifts. They are packaged up and ready to be picked up by the mail lady. At the beginning of the year I took the Handmade Pledge, but pledged to make as many gift as I could this year. I think I did a pretty good job. All birthday, baby and holiday gifts had at least one thing handmade by me. Some things you just can’t make, though, like books or Thomas the Tank Engine. I think I had a pretty good mix and plan to do the same next year.

We’ve been in full holiday mode around here. Last week M helped me decorate the tree so our house was properly decked out for our Swedish Christmas. What’s that, you ask? In our family, we have a tradition. If someone can’t be with you for your birthday or a holiday, you just reschedule it as a Swedish holiday. (Why Swedish? It was my mom’s idea, and she’s Swedish.) Our friends Christina and Sean are moving to Indiana this week. We had planned on spending Christmas together, so we just rescheduled a Swedish Christmas for last weekend. It was really nice. Lauren has posted some great pictures.

Swedish Christmas was a great way to start the holidays. M and I have been listening to lots of Christmas music, she’s helped me with gifts, and we’ve watched A Charlie Brown Christmas too many times to count. All of our gifts for her have been ordered and are on their way. I’ve even started wrapping a few in the evenings. (Well, if you consider putting them in reusable felt gift bags “wrapping” gifts.)

Today we are going to do lots of baking. I’ve got some Amish Friendship bread starter and I’m going to make some loaves for friends and neighbors. I designed our holiday card, which will be printed by nobrainer, of course, but need to finalize the list. (People, please stop moving around so much!)

This weekend I have my knitting guild holiday party. We’re also planning to go visit Santa. M is asking for a drum. (She’s been pushing around the box that has her drum all week, but has never asked what’s inside!) I’ve got a few little things to sew, and I’m going to keep knitting on M’s blanket. Some day it will be finished. Not sure about next week though. We’ll see.

All in all, we’re finally settling down into the holiday groove. It takes us awhile. We’re just not the kind of people who pull out the tree the day after Thanksgiving, which makes me feel a little behind. But now we have a whole week of relaxing and enjoying the holiday spirit. I’m looking forward to it. And the snow. And hot cocoa. And watching A Charlie Brown Christmas, again.


2 Responses to decking the halls and all that jazz

  1. Liz says:

    I would LOVE to have some friendship bread starter after the holidays (when I can tend it), if you have some to spare. I had some in Baltimore in November and made a mental note to make some in January.

  2. Steph says:

    I feel a lot better about not having the house decked out yet! We’d planned on decorating last weekend, but it was Chris’ turn to have the 24-hour flu that’s going around, so the tree is still in its box. We’ve decided that the tree either goes up this weekend or it’s going to wait until next year. I’m hoping that we get to it–I would be disappointed if we don’t get any “Gretchen staring at the tree” pictures!!