There have been years I couldn't wait to see come to an end. 2012 wasn't like that but I am ready to turn the page in the calendar and start over again. I'm always so sad when Christmas ends that the quicker we get back into the swing of our normal routine the better.
We did have a great Christmas despite the (self-imposed) stress that December started with. I'm used to having a very productive Thanksgiving break. The major decorations are up, sewing gifts are well under way, shopping has started, and I'm feeling in control. This year, instead, I had company. That bonus week we got between Thanksgiving and December was lost to double time at work. Then the cold hit. That horrid hacking-cough-cold. I was wiped out for a solid week. Then the stress hit. So much to do and time was getting short and I never felt ahead of the game. Finally, as the kids started coming home the weekend before Christmas, a calm came over. Phew. I think the kids would agree that they had a nice Christmas too.
Once I felt like Christmas was under control I hid out in my sewing room. I took Merry, Merry Snowmen to my quilter when she mentioned having my Old Fashioned Christmas quilt done in a week. So, I wore myself out finishing The Great Pumpkin, hereafter named: The Killer Pumpkin. I'll elaborate on that name change when the quilt comes back and is ready for its debut. I'm in no rush to see that thing again so don't hold your breath. In the mean time enjoy Old Fashioned Christmas.
Until then...Happy New Year.