Hi, Sue Althouse here today, with some ideas for scrapping your Christmas. Even though Christmas is an annual holiday, I can always find something that sets each year apart from all the others. Like the year a drunk man in a Santa suit came in off the street and disrupted Christmas Eve service at my mother in-law’s church. (true story) Or the year Dad got roller blades. (we had 911 on speed dial) You get the idea. Now, what will set your Christmas apart from all the others this year? Here are a few more examples.
One year, I had a simple plan to make a few Christmas cards for a few special people. Several weeks later, I had over 60 cards ready to mail! I don’t know where I lost control. Based on the number of people who took the time to tell me how much they loved their handmade card, it was worth it. But I’ve never attempted such a thing again.
Then there was the year I decided to go all out with my cookie-baking and made five different kinds of cookies using brand new recipes. My husband gladly helped me on this one or I never would have made it. The results were very successful, but I don’t plan on doing that again anytime soon.
Two years ago, there were heavy packages for me and my siblings from Dad, who usually leaves the gift giving to Mom. So that got our attention right away. We eagerly opened them to find on the inside...a brick. But we knew they were from our 1884 courthouse that had (sadly) been recently demolished. How many people would enjoy receiving a brick as much as we did? Now that’s some creative gift giving!
So I wonder what will define my Christmas this year. We have a new house to decorate and an 8-month old granddaughter to spoil. Both perfect candidates for a little excess, don’t you think?