I’m not very good at Christmas.
You’d think that the fact it always occurs on the same date would lend it a certain predictability, but no. It takes me by surprise, every single year. I’m not very good at looking ahead to dates – or even times – in general. It’s a source of irritation to the Stoic Spouse that I’m incapable of thinking about dinner until, er, dinnertime. Booking a holiday ahead of the actual date we’re planning to go? Forget it. Beginning work on something until the deadline is slapping me around the face with a wet kipper? Nope.
And it’s a source of shame that I’m incapable of thinking about the birthdays of my dear friends and family until… their birthdays. (Just for the record, I swear that it’s not that I don’t care about other people: I’m equally rubbish with my own birthday… which is tomorrow… yet still I regard questions about what I want to do that day as impossible to answer because HOW COULD I POSSIBLY KNOW THIS FAR IN ADVANCE?! Tomorrow, I will at last have ALL THE IDEAS.) I should probably see a psychologist. Oh wait, I am a psychologist…
But I try, I really try. One thing that we do manage in these ‘ere parts is to get the Christmas tree up some time in the first half of December. Job done, with decorative style by the twinnage. (I just did the lights and the star on top.)
And I’ve baked the Christmas cake, and am feeding it brandy on a weekly basis. (It’s a thirsty blighter.)
And I’m trying to improve as a human being, I really am. Without much success so far.
I realize that some of you might begin contemplating the big day before Father Christmas has already landed in your hearth and devoured a mince pie or two, so here’s something for you. Seven (!) years ago, I was commissioned by the Tesco website to design a quick-to-make knitted Christmas decoration, so I thought I’d reshare it here. (It’s no longer available on the Tesco site.) Look!
It’s a ridiculously easy make. The pattern is in THIS BLOG POST.
Want a crocheted version? That’s OK too. Look!
You can whip one of these blighters up in no time. Even if you’re not very good at planning ahead.