Take a Minute to Get Some Holiday Perspectivecomments (2) December 11th, 2008
It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holdiays without taking a minute to enjoy it. I'm a perfect example of this...I've got the sewing and embroidery machines going as I work on gifts for all, baking up a storm...AND I'm trying to pack up my apartment in an organized fashion. (While moving into our new house before Christmas sounded like a great idea, it's ending up to be a hugh stress ball!) Yesterday I decided to pack up my big closet...you know, the one that has all my sewing and embroidery stuff. As I pulled everything out into my kitchen, my friend called and reminded me that we were going to the Wadsworth Atheneum to see the trees at 11:00—that was in 40 minutes!!! Standing in the middle of the mess I just made, I tried to wiggle out of going. Gail won't have it...thank God! An hour later I was standing in the middle of a winter wonderland. There was a chorus singing Christmas carols and the mood was so festive that I instantly felt the holiday spirit that had been eluding me! As we walked around and looked at the trees and holiday decorations, I saw some really crafty ideas. Each tree was themed—and I was amazed at the variety. There was everything from a traditional Victorian theme to one that was a remembrance to World War II. It was inspiring to look at all the different ideas that were used to make unique ornaments...my favorite one was a light bulb made into a reindeer (sorry, the picture came out too dark). After an hour or so, we experienced it all and I left with my spirits lifted. When I got home, I had a renewed creative energy, which I used to embroider another stocking and work on the mess in the kitchen! My advice: Take advantage of some of the great holiday events in your area—even if you don't have time!