The cardigan is progressing well thanks to a recent road trip. If the cardigan gets completed soon it would leave me a bit of time to work on some other Christmas projects. I can be hopeful.
Our family strives to keep gifts at Christmas simple and meaningful. Last year each child received one homemade gift and a book from us. As our family grows, both our immediate and extended family, as well as our circle of friends I’ve had to find a balance between my desire to have a handmade Christmas, my hope of blessing family and friends with meaningful gifts and the reality that time is limited, especially with three little children.
I came to a point, just recently, where I realized that I couldn’t accomplish what I set out to do for our handmade Christmas this year. So I chose to scale back and delegate my husband to purchase some gifts for certain family members. They won’t be handmade by me but they will still be meaningful, environmentally friendly and perhaps handmade by someone else.
It can be easy to get caught up in making a handmade Christmas so much so that there is little time left to actually enter into the quiet reflection of Advent and the celebration of Christmas. This year I truly want to experience this special time with my family. Of course there will still be plenty of knitting, sewing, baking and perhaps even some needle felting, but finding balance is what I want to do.