Annie's lunch has been packed, the bed has been made, this old body has been showered, the dog has been fed, the boys were awoken only to be tucked back into bed because they're both sporting fevers, the school has been notified, the laundry has been started, and the bread dough is currently mixing in the bread machine. And now I thought I'd take a minute to babble before reworking my to-do list for the day. So yes, I need to regroup for the day.
But I've been giving serious thought to regrouping in another area. Years ago, I used to make/give a lot of "just because" gifts. And it really gave me great joy. But somewhere along the line, I started saving the projects I made to give them all at Christmas. Not there's anything wrong with that, of course...but I truly miss the days of "just because" gifts. And I'm thinking about going back. Not that I won't give Christmas gifts anymore, of course, but maybe they'll be less elaborate, fewer in number, etc.
You know, I guess what really brought this idea to a head is the fact that I have sooooo many crafty ideas I'm dying to try out right now. So many things I'm excited to dive into. And what's the first thing that comes to mind when I discover a new project to try--"Ooooh, I could make this for so-and-so" and "OMG--I bet so-and-so would love this" and "This would make the perfect little extra for so-and-so for Christmas." But I don't want to wait for Christmas!!!
And to perfectly honest, I'd really freakin' love to simplify the holiday season anyway.
Surely nobody minds getting a little something for no reason at all, right? And surely no one will mind if they get a little less in the month of December either, will they?