This is an extra posting, had no plan on writing ... but right now I need to know that the spirit of Christmas is not dead.
I think I may have mentioned in the past that I love to give presents, whenever Jessica has a party to go to I always try and find out something special the child would like, I always try to put some careful thought into my gift giving (not always appreciated by the receiver I'm sure, but the thought was at least there!).
So last year it was with HUGE excitement that I participated in my first blog Santa Swap, I sent a package to Monique and my dear blog friend Paula was sending one to me - it just happened by chance that we had become great writing buddies over the few months that she was secretly picked to send to me, so it actually made it all the more special. I did post about it after Christmas, but I just remember how exciting it was to see it under the tree and then to open all the well thought out gifts - she was soooooo excited when I finally was able to open it and send her all my excitement right back. I was so thrilled to finally hear from Monique how much she loved hers.
Unfortunately due to all the extra workload I've put upon myself, I missed the chance to sign up to any Secret Swaps this year, damn! And now it seems that the real joy of Christmas for me (making lists, buying gifts for ALL my family, buying lots of different papers and wrapping and making my own special gift tags, then arranging under the tree), is about to be taken away from me .... for a 43 year old woman, I have not taken it well - it's not about the gifts, it's about the anticipation and build up and then watching everyone else open theirs. If I see one more "family memo" in my email in box I think this computer is doomed to fly through a window!!!
So I need to transfer all my listing making, creative genious (ha ha) and wrapping skills onto someone else ... by any chance has someone else out there missed the boat, and would like to swap???????
If there is more than one of you out there, maybe a couple of us could do it. Best to email me (to save embarrassement if no one replies ... boo hoo) and then it will still feel a bit like a secret.
It's only early November, from memory I sent my gift to Germany first week in December last year and it still arrived in time, so whether you may be close by, or across the seas, have a think about it - I'm sure there are a few out there who would enjoy the thrill of getting something together for a fellow stitching lover ... might just save Christmas for one more year.
So to all you non scrooges out there ... I hope Santa will still bring something in your stocking this year, Janet
PS - There is a very good chance this is our last "Santa" year in this household, so I am trying to still create all the wonder for Jessica while I still can. Earlier this year she cottoned on to the fact that a huge bunny does not jump up and down our hallway and leave eggs at the bottom of her bed ... I sort of had to fess up to that one, but the look she gave me when she said "Oh, please, don't tell me their's no Santa, I just couldn't cope", well it gives me hope for another year.