These days, Christmas means something different for everyone.
It may mean getting together with family and share beautiful food. Or it may mean avoiding the festivities altogether and head to a tropical island. I am sitting on the fence on that one…while we always spend Christmas Day with family, a holiday far away would be neat.
I guess we all struggle with the commercialism of these celebrations, be it Christmas or Easter for that matter…let alone with the symbolism. So for the past few year, we have made a greater effort not to buy into the shopping frenzy and month-long hype. We have been keeping it simple and understated around here. And we have downsized on the present buying thing and given hand-made instead.
I don’t like to create this expectation and sense of entitlement in my kids. The assumption, that come Christmas, there will be a pile of presents under the tree. This, in my mind excludes gratitude and the wonder and surprise when you are presented with a gift. So this year I would like to make Christmas about gratitude for what we have. Gratitude for being healthy, for the beautiful food we eat, for the wonderful friends and family we have. For the home we are able to build, for the time we can spend together as a family. It is difficult to foster gratitude in kids, and the best way to teach them is by leading by example. After all, Christmas is about gratitude, is it not?
Today, I am grateful for:
* The three amazing and healthy children I was blessed to have
* A supportive, kind and committed husband
* To be able to give my family healthy and fresh food
* For a school that nurtures and educates my children in a holistic way.
* For my children’s carefree childhood
* For the opportunities and challenges I have been given
* For loving friends
I have to keep reminding myself to count my blessings and to be grateful each day. It is so easily forgotten…
In todays Creative Space, I have been busily working on this Houndstooth stitch. The Yarn is Brooklyn Tweed Loft. I do love the different feel of this yarn. Tweedy and almost like an old woollen blanket. Unlike most yarns I am used to knit with, this one is produced with the woollen-spun process, which makes the thread a bit fragile. The hand is dry and lofty. I have been told the finished fabric will ‘sing’ and soften after its been washed, so I am looking forward to that. The colour range of Brooklyn Tweed is amazing and I just love the matt colours. So, I’ll keep you posted on the outcome.
The lovely Susie from Flowerpress is holding a Giveaway today. She got so sample some of my Dream in Colour wool and is
reluctantly generously giving away 2 skeins to her blog readers. The popular Honey Cowl seems to be the pattern of choice for this super soft and squishy yarn, so why don’t you hop over and let her know what you would knit with it?
And while you’re at it, visit other inspiring Creative Spaces…
I am off to make a three-tiered raw cheesecake for a very special wedding on Saturday….