Hello holidays. I can't believe you are here already.
I don't know when the official start to the holidays begins but for me I just consider all of November and December "the holidays". I love Thanksgiving and Christmas because it's one of the few times each year when my whole immediate family gets together nowadays.
Growing up all holidays were spent at my grandmother's house and everyone came. That's just the way it was. And with my mother being #11 of 12 kids, that meant a LOT of people. I have so many aunts and uncles and cousins and their kids and in some cases, their kids kids... it was a lot.
When my grandmother passed that tradition of gathering together faded away. It was time for new traditions and so we have our small gathering, usually the day after the actual holiday when my parents, my brothers and their families and I can be there.
Recently we've grown from a family with 2 teenage grandkids (my niece and nephew) to a family with two teenagers, 3 girls aged 2 year or less and a little boy who will be joining us in January. There are babies everywhere and it's such a blessing.
Last year I started a new project that is kind of my version of December Daily. Because I'm single with no kids and tend to be a homebody, I just don't have enough going on in my life to do a December Daily project regardless of how badly I want to. I've started it twice and I never make it very far. So last year I started what I'm calling my Christmas Story. I'm going to add to it each year with memories from the current year as well as some memories from my childhood and beyond.
I pulled out that binder tonight and I'm looking forward to adding new and old memories to it.
As you can see it's been a bit sparse around here. Life got a little overwhelming for a while and mentally I just went on break. I have so many things I want to do but when I get overwhelmed none of them get done and the disappointment just makes the overwhelm worse. It's a bit of a cycle that can be hard to break. Winter and the change in time make things worse each year because the dark and cold make me not want to do anything but climb up somewhere beneath a blanket and wait there until the sunlight comes back. I HATE this part of the daylight savings switch. By the time I get home from work each night it's been dark for a good 2 hours most days and pretty useless.
I don't want this to be the way of things. I want to get back in the creative saddle and stop letting the part of me that wants to hide win the nightly battle. There are things I want to do. Things I want to accomplish in my life. Things I NEED to accomplish and I want to get on that ASAP. But I'm going to try my hardest to get my groove back and spend some real quality time creating. There are so many wonderful projects that I want to work on and I can't keep waiting. Now is the time.
Keep an eye out for more in the coming weeks. Happy Holidays to you all.