OK I've caved. It's December and I have bought (and even written) Christmas cards, wrapping paper and even a gift or two. I suppose Christmas is going to happen after all. Tomorrow I plan to drag out the tree to decorate and hang my crimbo wreath and then we can officially say that it is the season.
My goal this year is to get into the true spirit of the holiday season, not necessarily the religious aspect, more a gathering of family and friends and good cheer, not just (or even not at all) a spending binge!
Some are saying everyone should carry on as normal and spend to help the economy, but on the other hand I feel that if the current financial state of the western world tells us anything, it is that we have basically been spending too much for too long. We need to get back to basics and ask ourselves if we really do need all this "stuff" to make us happy. Well anyway that's what I am doing.
I have just picked up a three month temp contract starting next Monday so I have even more sense of urgency about the coming holidays and need to get myself organised so that I am not running around like a headless chicken (or should that be turkey) in a few weeks. I am still doing the real estate open houses in the hope that something might develop but even without the downturn in the housing market, this is traditionally a quiet time of year.
I love the simplicity of this Christmas tree - I am going to use this as my rule of thumb for Christmas 2008 here at chez soft.