So here we are at the end of the first week of December. I think it is safe to say that I have failed at the December Photo Project idea. Sigh. It seemed pretty easy - just take one photo a day and post, but I just couldn't keep up with it. I always seemed to remember I needed a new photo at 9:30 at night and then was too tired to post. Oh well.
I kind of feel like I'm behind in other areas, too. We haven't kept up with a daily Advent devotion and our Christmas tree still isn't up. Our shopping isn't done, either. I'm trying to keep Christmas simple overall, so I know we will get there.
I haven't been sewing too much and I don't really have too many handmade gifts lined up for this year. I'm going to try and get an apron and chef's hat done for my daughter since she has outgrown her other ones. I've also been crocheting and I want to make a couple of infinity scarves, but they may not get done in time for Christmas.
We have been reading lot of our Christmas books. I gathered all the ones we own (19) and put Post-It notes on them with numbers 1-19, so we're covered for books for most of the month. We also have an Advent calendar - an old one that I used as a kid - and we've been tucking candy, coins, barrettes, and little trinkets into it for my daughter to discover in the morning. We don't have an Elf on the Shelf, either.
The thing is, I'm not necessary upset about the things we're not doing. Honestly, I probably shouldn't have started the December Photo Project. I am currently reading an advance copy of Money Saving Mom Crystal Paine's new book Say Goodbye to Survival Mode and I know the ideas from the book are influencing my decisions and thought processes right now. I've been trying to pare down in different areas and buy/do less overall. You can sign up for a 7-day challenge on the web site which gives you a feel for the book and some of what it encompasses.
So how are you feeling at the end of this first week of December? Excited? Prepared? Overwhelmed? What kind of Christmas traditions are you saying yes to and which ones are you skipping this year?
I hope you'll stop back on Monday. It's Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway Day!!