I am hesitant to even include the word “Holiday” in the title of this post because we all know that “Holiday” really only refers to one, certain, special day in December. It’s not even Thanksgiving. Halloween is barely over. Where am I going with this and why am I jumping the gun?
I learned that once I had a baby, making Christmas happen takes planning. Gone are the days of wistfully bouncing from shoppe to shoppe collecting one, singular, random gift for one, singular, random person at a time. Gone are the Saturdays when I could watch “White Christmas” uninterrupted and knock out 80 Christmas cards in one sitting. Gone. All. Gone.
And let’s go back to what I said before about “making Christmas happen.” Doesn’t it sound irreverent and crass? You know what’s more irreverent and crass? Not having an awesome Christmas for your family, particularly your 2 1/2 year old, that you, too, can enjoy to the max. If you could witness the look of joy on my face as I “make Christmas happen” with the onslaught of my holiday decor…RAPTURE.
So yes, I am already thinking about Christmas cards. I’ve got them all planned out. I actually have a pile of blank cards and envelopes sitting just a few feet from me as I type. I decided that this year, I am not buying any more blank cards on which to build my Christmas greetings. I am using what I have, and to hell with every single person I send a card to getting one that is identical to all the others. Who compares Christmas cards from a common sender, anyway? Not moms that are busy making Christmas happen, I’ll tell you that. In addition to cards, I have procured an enormous circle hole punch, and have a plan for its use perfectly set forth in my brain. Evie will be making the most special part of the cards this year. Actual construction will commence probably in the next couple of weeks.
I have been drooling over my pins on my Pinterest board, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Will I actually act on any of the projects, or just continue to go all googly-eyed staring at their collective majesty? Time will tell, but I do have some yummy treats and sweet gift ideas gathered on that board. And if there’s one thing that a mom who makes Christmas happen needs, it’s TREATS! But really…I can see some of this handmade goodness being showered over kith and kin this Christmas, can’t you? (“Kith and kin”…anybody know the reference?)
Maggie Mitchell is a full-time mom, blogger, social media enthusiast, kids book author, and owner of Bushbaby Press. A crafter herself, she is trying to instill in her preschool-age daughter respect, appreciation & love for all things handmade, repurposed, upcycled, vintage & antique. Explore her website, along with her blog, at The Handmade Mama, Facebook page, tweet @handmade_mama, Pinterest, and Instagram.