Because my Autumn leading into Christmas was on the wonky side this last year, I sort of dropped the ball on Christmas. I celebrated and all, but I did only what was absolutely necessary, which would be buy the kids presents and make some food. My husband decorated the tree with the kids.
In truth I haven’t enjoyed Christmas for a few years. Pretty much because of all the expectations, of which most land squarely on the woman’s back: cleaning, decorating, cooking, baking, buying gifts, sending cards, carting kids to numerous Christmas rehearsals or programs, and we added two basketball tournaments last year. Adding to all that is my job, which gets really busy about the 10th of December and wraps up just a few days before Christmas. Oh, and I suppose I could complain about the commercialism of Christmas, but I won’t digress there.
So…in the heart of making the decision to NOT send out Christmas cards last December, I decided to put in a little more effort this Valentine’s Day.
Here’s a little sweater vest I made my youngest:
And then I saw a DIY Valentine’s “mailbag” on At Second Street blog, so I made my own version for every member of the family.
I also just put in the order for the Valentine’s Day card that will go out to everyone on my Christmas card list. So far, so good. Sometimes we need to shake up expectations just a little.