I'm a planner and a dreamer. Give me a stack of books, a pen and a notebook and I'm off and running. One of my favorite pre-holiday traditions is sitting down with a stack of Christmas books and gathering ideas for the upcoming holiday. Of course, in my enthusiasm I always dream about way more than I can realistically accomplish in the short season and I always think I will do better next year. Such is the curse of being me.
This year my goal is to get all of my shopping and big home projects done by Thanksgiving so that I will have time to savor the season. I am blindly optimistic that way. I like to wrap presents as I buy them because otherwise I might hide them and never find them all. Not even when I move. Weird. Not that that ever happened to me. I love this paper I found at Target this week. Just the right amount of color and festiveness for me. Am I the only one that finds wrapping paper to be a very big decision?
Have you tried the Candy Cane Kisses? I've been craving my peppermint bark for months and months and have been not-so-patiently waiting for candy canes to hit the shelves. Until that happens, I am making do with these.
The baking labels from my last post are from this website and they are also great for the holidays. I made some for a cookie exchange party I had a few years ago. They'd also be great for holiday baking gifts. To further cut back on holiday stress, I'm not baking much for other people this year. If I were I might use something like this one I just designed. I'm also not sending out cards. I'm practically the Grinch. It's freeing. I really just want to sit by my tree and watch Christmas movies and embroider and knit. I refuse to participate in the Christmas crazy this year. Please remind me of that in about 4 weeks.