Sunday, December 26, 2010

So much Christmas

There is so much about Christmas I want to share, it may end up a number of lengthy posts.

First there was all that prep leading up to it that I didn't get a chance to share.
 First was prepping and wrapping angel gifts. I wanted them to be perfect and special.
 I used the same paper but made the decorations on each box different.
 I really hope she liked them all,
Next was making and packaging the potato soup mix I gave to family and friends.  Yum.
 Then I spent much time finishing some large hand made projects.  I wove this shawl for my Mimi on the loom I got for Christmas last year.  It's so soft.  I used many different colors of the same yarn for the weft because my Mimi is a very bright tending person so I thought the color would appeal to her.  Its nice and long so she can wrap it around her shoulders and still drape it across her lap.  
 Then I finished a scarf that I started for Ben last September.  See, he spotted the pattern in a knitting magazine while I was eying the Heather Hoodie I wanted to make for myself (haven't done that yet, btw).  Anyhow, he mentioned how cool it was and how he wouldn't mind having one and I ran out and bought the yarn.  I had wanted to give it to him last year but I didn't get it finished.  Then I wanted to give it to him for Valentine's day but once again didn't finish.  Then there was the wedding planning and wedding and it got set aside for a long time.  I finally picked it back up and when he wasn't home I worked furiously on it.  I barely finished it on the 23rd and got it wrapped before he got home.
 It's in that box right there.
And this is another one of his presents.
 On Christmas Eve our tree looked so pretty that I decided to take a bunch of pictures of it.  I had finally finished wrapping everything (it took most of the day) and decided to admire and share my handiwork.  
 I actually got down under the tree to take pictures of the wonders hidden below.
 So many presents.
 So much fun making each one different.
Many wonders under the tree indeed.

That's probably enough for a single post.  Eventually I will get to posting Christmas with both sides of the family and all the silliness that entails. 

I hope that everyone had a wonderful and joyous Christmas.  I love this time of year and being able to give people things that make them smile.  I know that this year was the most stressful Christmas I have ever had and hopefully I learned from that, but the smiles and the thank yous make every minute of gift making time worth it.  I have a wonderful family and the best husband in the world and I am thankful for that.  I hope they all know how wonderful and special they are.  

Happy Boxing Day!

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