Here is a requisite picture of myself and my granddaughter at Christmas. We had a blow-out 14 people dinner at my daughter's with lots of food, little kids running around, and general chaos.
My daughter kept saying, "Is this too wild?" and of course it wasn't and can't be. My husband did the major cooking, turkey, stuffing, gravy and all the pies and cooked for us again yesterday. Here he is in the middle of carving, just before he hit the couch:
I know that there are a lot of folks who don't like this time of year, but I love it.
First of all Christmas allows me to go all out on family doting which I need to do, so I really enjoy myself. Things change of course. Operations moved from my place to my daughter's this year, and that felt right. I am very happy to be doing back up and glad I have the time to do it.
Secondly New Year's really is a time when I review my life and see what I want to get done and if I am still steered in the right direction.
I have been thinking some preliminary thoughts on that one over the last day or so.
I think for many of us in this much busier world the key is becoming as much what we are not going to do in the new year as what we are going to be doing.
It seems to me that this is not a time for me so much for self-improvement as self-focus.
One thing that I have been thinking about a lot is how important my sewing life is to me. What that looks like as I move forward bears some consideration and I am going to have to decide what I am going to be letting go of to move what matters more into focus.