I think it is safe to say that I am starting to get into the Christmas project mood. I haven't turned on the Christmas music yet, or gotten out any decorations, but I did take the girls to the fabric store on Sunday afternoon to pick out the material for their new Christmas dresses. The project that day might have been learning to let go, as every piece of fabric that I suggested met with a crinkled nose and a "No, I don't think so" refusal. In the end, however, we found fabric that satisfied each girl and their mom AND after a side trip into the Christmas department we found the makings of a St. Lucia costume, which will occupy a great deal of our attention at a later date.
Still, the mundane stuff of everyday life goes on, even if Christmas is only about five weeks away. For instance, a few days ago I took care of a little storage problem I had. With four kids who each have snow pants, ski jackets, and at least one other coat (that is twelve items at a minimum), our little coat rack corner was exploding outward. Every time one jacket was pulled off the rack, several other jackets would cascade onto the floor, resulting in the sort of continuously repeated mess that was rapidly giving me an ulcer.
So, I used some old hooks (they had been lying at the bottom of a drawer for about seven years, since I removed them from bizarre positions in the bedroom closets shortly after we moved in) and created a new snow suit rack going down the basement steps. Problem
Of course, the children have to cooperate with this new system, so I may have only changed the cause of my ulcer without removing the root cause, but hope springs eternal.
Happy counting down to Christmas, everyone!