This time between Christmas and New Year’s feels timeless and magical. The bustle and business of Christmas is done and, while I tend to extend the gift-giving (and finishing!) season through the entire twelve days of Christmas (the twelfth day of Christmas is January 5th – yay!), I also make some time for peaceful contemplation and meditation on what has been accomplished and what I wish to do in the coming year. I make lists, journal, and dream while reading “fun books,” poking around on Pinterest and Ravelry, and playing with the pets. I do a little cleaning with the idea of clearing out the dust of the former year. I’ll spend some time knitting (finishing the final five hats) while I watch new-to-me television shows and movies. I’m a huge Doctor Who fan so I spent several hours already with a Doctor Who marathon and the big Christmas special.
My kitchen counter bears silent witness to my Christmas Eve, Christmas and Boxing Day activity and inactivity. Christmas Eve, I finished making my Christmas sweets (Italian Cream Cake and my Aunt Leola’s Rainy Day Fudge) and Stephanie baked up a kugel for the late Hanukkah dinner at our neighbor’s house (their daughter just got home from her semester in Italy). I spent the day of Christmas bustling around, creating additions for the Christmas dinner we attended that evening. Stephanie grilled a salmon while I pulled out the mandolin and sliced potatoes thinly for a pan of potatoes dauphinoise. My batter rolls rose slowly in the refrigerator before heading over to the house well ahead of our dinner. I felt good as we left the house with counters clear and dishes done.
After the bounty of food and wine Christmas evening, I spent yesterday relaxing and knitting. Leftovers sent home with us, Christmas cookies still destined for a gift, and popcorn provided our sustenance. I finished a couple more gifts and now I can finally put all my long distance gifts in boxes to ship out.
The day after the day after Christmas is my “getting things done” day. Today’s activities will consist of washing the dishes piled on the counter after yesterday’s laziness, final gift wrapping and addressing, and a couple of in-town deliveries of cookies before heading over to my weekly shift at the shop.
This holiday week, we have the Sit ‘n Stitch happening tonight from 4-6pm at Sew Steamboat (I’ll be working, so come on by and say hello even if you can’t stay for knitting), and I think that’s it. Next weekend, however, crocheters can learn a new stitch at Donna’s Crocodile Stitch class! If you’ve been wanting to expand your crochet skills or just would love to add that adorable crocodile stitch hood to your wardrobe, you’ll want to sign up. The class is scheduled for Saturdays, January 4th & 11th from 3-5pm. Call Sew Steamboat at 879-3222 to make your reservation.