When I started knitting Christmas ornaments at the beginning of December, I was filled with optimism I would finish, but also a healthy dose of realism that with the hustle and bustle of the season they would be the first to fall of the to-do list. As I kept knitting, I enjoyed the challenge of attempting to finish one a day (who, me, competitive??) and even when I fell behind, it was never so far that catching up seemed unrealistic. So today, I hung ornament number 24 on my tree:
The finished result:
I know it’s a bit early but today I put up my outside Christmas lights. I try to put them up on a nice-ish day in late October or early November, but usually don’t turn them on until December. I don’t know why I consider it such a victory when they’re done; maybe it’s my irrational fear of climbing ladders. (Given my klutziness, it may not be quite so an irrational a fear).
Tonight though, I left them lit. There’s something quite cheerful about looking out the window and seeing a twinkle of colour.
In other news, I bought a roll of wrapping paper when I was restocking on extension cords and staples for my staple gun (Every year, I swear it’s the same trip to the store). Anyway, in the less than 5 minutes it took to drive home from the store, Charlie decided to let me know what he thought of the festive prep:
It’s going to be a long month.
There’s nothing like comparing the before:
Photos of a Christmas Tree. It’s amazing what lights that work and decorations can do!
It’s one week to Christmas and I’m starting to believe my knitting goals (at least the ones I still have) for gifts for that day may not happen. I’ve already edited my plans. A lot. But I’ve still been clinging to the hope/wish/dream (however unrealistic) that I could have nine pair of socks for my nieces and nephews done by then.
I’ve made good progress but to finish I’d have to finish a sock everyday between now and then. I know that Christmas will come whether I’ve finished or not. In the grand scheme of life, this is incredibly minor. With only socks for my nephews who are 3 and under left to finish, they probably aren’t going to notice or care if I’m late.
But I’ll notice and care. I want to finish them. So, I hear a cup of coffee and my needles calling. And one week from now, hopefully I’ll be knitting with my coffee, but more calmly without this sense of impending doom.
Last week my sister, her 3 girls (ages 7, 7, and 6) and I went to Walt Disney World for three days. It was a quick trip but we had never been to Disney at Christmas time. Following are my favourite things about Disney during the holidays.
#5 – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: This is a bit of an honourable mention and it comes with a bit of a disclaimer: while we can maximize the number of rides completed at a Disney park, taking in shows and parades has never been something we focussed on. So when faced with an event that centred on parades and Cinderella’s castle being “Frozen”, we did not excel at getting good a good spot to see the show. And it rained. A lot. So much they cancelled the parade. The hot chocolate and cookies were good though. Were they worth the extra money – nah, maybe not.
#4 – Gingerbread: Ok, this is a bit odd. I’m not sure I’ve ever made a gingerbread house during the holidays, but I can definitely appreciate the work that would go into it. So I was amazed by the actual gingerbread structures at the Grand Floridian and Contemporary Resorts.
And the gingerbread cupcakes were pretty good too!
#3 – Decorations: I loved the Christmas decorations everywhere! In typical Disney fashion, they matched the theme of whatever park/resort they were in.
Garland at Magic Kingdom had fruit as decoration
Main Street in Magic Kingdom
#2 – Candlelight Processional: I was looking forward to this the most and it didn’t disappoint. My sister had purchased our dinner and tickets several weeks in advance (one show sold out while she was looking at the options) and it was a must. The standby line was crazy trying to get into one of the three nightly shows. Neil Patrick Harris was the celebrity reader the night we were there. I think he said it was his ninth? year there and it appeared he really enjoyed it. The candlelight and the singers were amazing and I think it would be great with whoever the reader was. (We had tickets to the second show which I think was good because it was dark; it wasn’t for the first show).
#1 – The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights: This was hands down my favourite Christmas thing that we did at Disney. The lights and music were amazing; we walked through twice. The blowing snow added to the atmosphere, but what I really loved was that most people you passed were also singing the Christmas songs. Very festive and well worth a visit (or two).
I may have overwhelmed my Facebook feed with just about every picture I took of the lights. I was
a little a lot impressed!