Early in 2015, I made a month by month list of all the handmade gifts I wanted to make and got each one done in the allotted time. Such a satisfying feeling.
I had all my shopping done by Halloween. Christmas gifts were wrapped within an hour of bringing them home. No last minute rush of wrapping for me, oh-no. And the carefully arranged display of the masterfully wrapped presents under the tree has been a sight to behold.
I've baked an amazing assortment of luscious holiday cookies, candies and confections that have been packaged and sent off to relatives in various far-flung parts of the country. I was so wise to have all the doughs made and in the freezer well before Thanksgiving.
I shopped months ago for some new holiday clothes for myself. I bought red, I bought green, I splurged. I bought several floor length skirts with matching festive tops and a lovely green brocade suit. What a nice change from my usual navy and black turtlenecks and jeans. Yes, I needed some new holiday clothes, and these will make me feel and look appropriate for the season.
For special friends, I hand crafted elaborate remembrances. I have them all wrapped and ready for presentation.
I made two new wreaths with freshly gathered boughs and decorated them with ribbon, pine cones and berries. The smaller is hung on the front door and the very impressive larger one is on the outside wall of the house you see when coming into our yard. They look so lovely and professionally done.
Before putting up our Christmas tree and house decorations (immediately after Thanksgiving), I spent a week deep-cleaning the whole house, top to bottom. Now when I take the decorations down after January 1st, the house will already be clean and ready for the New Year.
I purchased and/or made new decorations for my home replacing all those that were looking shabby and past their prime. This gave my holiday decorating a sparkling new look and everyone asks if I hired an interior decorator.
In the coming weeks, I have a full calendar of dinner dates and casual get-togethers scheduled. Invitations were sent out weeks ago. (I made them myself, of course). Menus are printed, foods have been prepared ahead and are in the freezer, holiday napkins and tablecloths are washed and ironed. It will be no-hassle entertaining for me this year.
Oh, I am so proud.
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Ah, yes. Sometimes reality necessitates we escape into our own little made-up fantasy world. The truth is I've been operating under the influence of heavy brain fog for about a month now.
I read that extra doses of Ginkgo Biloba help clear your head. I'd take some, but I can't remember where I put the bottle.