I’ve heard a rumour – and I must stress that at this stage, it remains only a rumour – that it’s nearly Christmas. I know! I bet you’re as gobsmacked as I am!
Most years, Christmas takes me utterly by surprise, despite the fact that its fairly reliable occurrence on 25th December could be said to lend it a certain predictability. Also, some of my friends are the type of
sociopaths people who start posting ‘Only 364 days until Christmas!!!‘ on Boxing Day, and the harsher judges amongst you might consider this adequate forewarning. But still I usually accept the coming celebrations only a week or two before the big day… and then wonder why it’s all such a frantic stress. They do say that stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting to get a different result, right? Oops.
This year, I really am trying to mend my ways, at least a little bit. I’m already beginning preparations, just in case the rumour turns out to be true. I’ve even made the Christmas cake, a job that the Stoic Spouse usually tackles, but he seemed happy enough for me to get on with it.
Plus of course, there’s the matter of decorations. We do at least have a ritual of rounding up the twinnage and heading out into the cold to choose a local Christmas tree on the second weekend of December. I’ve posted before (four years ago!) about some of the decorations that I’ve made for the tree. But since then, I’ve designed a fair few knitted and crocheted decorations that can be scattered around the house. Here are my insanely easy Christmas trees, for example, the pattern for which can be found here, or on the All Free Knitting website, here.
And whilst I’m mentioning the All Free Knitting site (no, they’re not paying me or anything, I promise), I’ve enjoyed having a trundle round to see what else they’re offering in the festive department. Look at this! Button trees, reminiscent of Dr Seuss, by Kathy Lewinski!
And I love this bauble-becomes-yarn-ball by Christine Backus:-
And look at this pud ornament by Marion Leys!
OK, I may have spent rather a lot of time browsing for possibilities… But that counts as productive preparation for Christmas, right? Yeah? Anyway, it’s only a rumour. I’m sure Christmas isn’t really just around the corner.