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When Is Enough Really Enough

I am going to keep this post short and sweet, but I'm hopeful that it will spur some good discussion at a time where we can be preemptive about "enough." The holidays are looming and there is always so much to do. Every year I sit back in January and tell myself, "Next year I'll enjoy it more. I won't make it so busy." But each year, I somehow manage to do too much and run myself ragged in the name of "holiday."

Maybe now is the time to sit down and think about the top 10 things that really matter. What do you most enjoy doing? What can you live without this season? Who do you want to spend your time with? How much shopping/cooking/crafting is absolutely necessary to your enjoyment of the season?

Example. Christmas cards. Does anyone appreciate the fact that you've hand-stamped and tied ribbons on each and every one? Probably not. So unless that is something you thoroughly love and will rejoice in having done come January 1... skip it.

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Planning Ahead

Okay, we've established that I am anti- skipping Thanksgiving. However, as all crafters know, you have to plan ahead for Christmas if you want to give homemade gifts. Because although it's "the thought that counts," it really helps your cause if it's also well-made, tasty, beautiful, and/or useful.

Over the years I have been both the giver and receiver of homemade and handmade gifts. Christmastime is a great time for this if you plan ahead. But honestly, homemade gifts are wonderful year round. And if you are a real planner, you can do even better by purchasing items in bulk for making your gifts.

I recently shared on another blog site (www.milehighmamas.com)about how my family has always incorporated crafts for kids into our Thanksgiving Day celebration. This is fun for kids and a good way to get little hands out of the kitchen but not sitting in front of a television. If you'd like, this could be something that the kids could give teachers or friends for Ch…

Not Skipping Thanksgiving

There have been murmurrings among those that I know over the last several years. "It's coming too soon!" "The Christmas merchandise is out before Halloween is even here!" "I love Thanksgiving and we just skip right over it!"

There is no doubt that Thanksgiving is not the most profitable holiday in the retail world. Sure we buy our share of turkey printed napkins or table runners, but there's not a huge market for tee-shirts or gift-giving. But that really does beg the question: what is it that Thanksgiving has to offer while sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas?

I'll name my favorite things, and I'm sure it will cause you to remember a few reasons of your own to keep you from "skipping" Thanksgiving:
all the fun of Christmas without all the stressall of the fun of Halloween without all the sugar highsall the good home cooking... and it lasts for days, not for minutesall of the anticipation of getting ready for Christmasall o…