The men are downstairs playing video games. My daughter is out for coffee with a friend. This afternoon is lunch and shopping - her and I together - and tonight there's one more dinner with all of us before she and our son-in-law head home in the morning. When I stopped by the grocery store yesterday, the cashier asked about our holiday and when I said it's just perfect, all the kids are home, she said I know, mine too and we laughed at how in accord we were and how old we've become. The gifts were lovely but not as lovely as being together.
Last year, we discussed making some changes to our traditions mostly because I absolutely LOVE to spoil people and needed to calm my generosity down somewhat. One decision was to eliminate the Christmas stockings. It was hard to do so... instead... I bought an alphabet mug for each of us. There are three different fonts so far and as the family grows we should be able to find (or make) more white mugs with letters on them. I bought a few chocolates and only one gift card for each mug and there was room left which could be a problem for next year - LOL. I will begin lecturing myself now.
Another agreement was around the dollar amount spent and still another around the number of gifts - two each from Howard and I to the kids which - naturally - I interpreted to mean gifts in two packages illustrating how I still need to work on this aspect.
Our not yet huggable grandbaby received two packages as well - of course - of which one was the secret gift I was working on prior to Christmas. The bunting is made from white French terry with variegated gold stitching every width of the presser foot apart, bias cotton trim with gold flecking, and appliqued letters. The blanket is made from...
... cabbage swirl _____ - I'm not sure what the correct name for this fabric is - backed with that knobby minky _____ - another fabric I don't know the actual name of - and stitched every six inches in both directions to hold the two layers together. Around the edges is...
... shantung binding creating a tactile blanket the baby should love. The color is a rose-ish beige with a gold overtone that's hard to describe and hard to match although not too bad as beige goes. Now, we just have to teach Chloe, Ms. Drama Queen Puppy, that this blanket is not for her - LOL - it's baby's.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - celebrations and holidays from our regular routine that add depth and meaning to life.