Tuesday, May 17, 2011

regrouping

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?

8 comments:

Vivienne said...

What a gorgeous idea. I think you will brighten up so many people's lives this way. Everyone loves an unexpected gift.

Jean said...

So many things to try, so little time. I'm with you on this one, kid!

Kailana said...

I actually think 'just because' gifts are more meaningful than something like Christmas or your birthday... It means someone has put extra thought into it. :)

Chris said...

I can't tell you how much I love giving "just because gifts" :D It makes me so happy. I'm just like you..I see things all the time and think "I have to get this for so and so! It would be perfect!" And I usually do, lol. Hope the boys are feeling better tomorrow!!

DesLily said...

you have hit upon something EVERYBODY should ! "just because" is waaaaaaay more rewarding then to give things on b'day's / holidays... MUCH more rewarding to give a little something when no one expects it...instantly you know that person was thinking about you!

Melissa said...

"I'd really freakin' love to simplify the holiday season"

Amen to that! I love the idea of "just because" gifts. Brilliant!

Care said...

I know for a fact that you are a very good 'just-because' giver.
:)

Carl V. said...

I think more and more we are all realizing just how precious a gift friendship is just having a timely word or knowing someone will be there for you means so much more than gifts, especially at the holiday season. And I firmly believe that all of those who get gifts from you love them no matter what they are as they are not so much looking at the gift (though they are always thoughtful and wonderful) and seeing the heart of the person giving them.