First present of the season: Bought yesterday
First cookies of the season: Baked yesterday
First gifts under the tree: Wrapped last night
First Family activity: Got jigsaw puzzle started night before last
Christmas Letter: Written but not sent
Although the trees have been up since the week after Thanksgiving, both Tom and I have had too much on our plates to get the usual Christmas things done. It was a little sad, seeing the trees with no gifts underneath them! Would Christmas ever come?
But yesterday, OH YESTERDAY! Yesterday was my first "Day Off" since November something, and what a day it was! It is amazing how much more festive one feels when one is not fatigued by physical labor. I finished my last project (the indoor atrium mural) and headed to Target and the other stores to do some damage. I almost got EVERY GIFT on the list in one fell swoop, and stayed up late wrapping every single one. It was a heady experience.
My Christmas trees, though already a little droopy, look happy to be sheltering the respectable pile of gifts beneath them. THIS is what they were born for and they are relishing their final Purpose Driven days. I am savoring the sweet success of my first day of Christmas Effort and it just feels GOOD.