Sunday, December 11, 2011

It's December?

I'm having a hard time believing that we're already into the double digits of December.  I certainly know that it's December, but how a month can fly by so quickly is beyond me.  It's probably because there is so much to do, and so much that's expected of us that we get to the end of the month and ask "What just happened there?".  So now that we're at the less-than-two-weeks until Christmas point, I intend to slow down a little.

Mark and I started this slow-down yesterday by attending the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Christmas Show.  This is a tradition we've held for about 13 years now.  Yes, it's pretty much the same show every year and no, that doesn't matter to us.  After listening to these talented musicians and singers perform their beautiful selections, there was no way we couldn't be in the Christmas spirit.

We also participated in Clark's Christmas Kids again this year.  You've seen Wal-Mart busy at the holidays, but not like this.  Clark broadcasts his show right there from the Wal-Mart, where people can come in a choose a child in the Georgia foster system to buy for.  Then it's time to take the cart and find your gifts.  But despite all of the jostling, it's a happy crowd.  I know that the purpose of this event is to benefit needy kids, but the givers get a good feeling from the experience too.

With everything going on, it's been difficult to find stitching time, or any kind of crafting time for that matter.  I've been thinking that all I want for Christmas is a day of uninterrupted stitching time.  Wouldn't that be nice?  I did frame my Peppermint Twist, which I finished stitching earlier this year.  Once again, the people at American Frame came through with exactly what I needed.  I chose a lovely green frame and red mat, which matched the stitching perfectly.  I had forgotten how much I like this piece -- so pretty and cheerful for the Christmas season.  Plus, I had the perfect wall for it, and there it will stay until the last decoration is put away. 

Tonight is our neighborhood's "Night of Lights" luminary display.  Mark has already prepared our luminaries so that they will be ready to be placed and lit at 7:00.  Sheila, Fred, Emily and Grace will be joining us for this and a pizza dinner.  And hopefully, a little walk through the neighborhood.  It's time to slow down and enjoy this beautiful Christmas season.