What does this time of year mean for you? Truly? What are your favorite things? Do you take time to savor little moments? Or do you get caught up in the rush? What do you celebrate?
This time of year has always been my absolute favorite. I love the lights, the Christmas tree, the carols, the baking... but most of all I love those little moments where you can feel the spirit of... goodness. The cheer. It is there, if you look for it. And it is even more there if you give it as well as receive it. Example: Trip to the store to pick up last minute Christmas presents for family members you forgot... you are feeling harried and perhaps a little cranky... you see a mom with a screaming child... there are many ways to react, of course, but in the spirit of the season (or for goodwill anytime) a warm encouraging smile at the mom can both make her feel better... and you as well :). It's funny how when you are having a rough day the smile of a stranger can brighten it drastically. Or perhaps a kind word, holding a door open for someone, helping someone elderly (or not so elderly) carry things to their car. Leave a generous tip for an exhausted server at a restaurant or a barista at a coffee shop. Call someone you haven't spoken to in a long time, email them, write a card, postcard, note... this time of year can be so full of joy if we let it, but even more so if we help it.
I have been sending out a lot of little gifts this season, to new friends and old. Handmade, of course, ;). It feels wonderful. I love to write notes and make people smile, don't you? I have a lot more work to do, I had so many plans for my shop... but things have gotten behind with the entire family catching illnesses over and over lol. Not major illnesses, but the type to induce a great deal of whining among the wee ones. I was tempted to be disappointed in myself and then I realized... this means that I have spent more time with my little ones. And that is a good thing. I've decided to hold what is very likely my last sale of the year in the shop, you can use the coupon code: MERRY for 20% off your order.
Merry Christmas, everyone. I will likely put up another post before then... but just in case, I had to say it. Sending you all warm thoughts and wishes for a wonderful holiday season and beautiful new year <3 Leaving you with a collage of some of my latest works.