10-18-2017 Magic Moment:
I pull a giant canvass bag out of the coat closet where I collect gifts all year. I have been making matching hats and scarves for everybody this year too. Everything spreads out over the exercise equipment in the corner as if it exploded. I set out a dozen gift bags all colorful metallic glitter. Each one gets its own sticky note with a name on it. Then one by one gifts go into each bag according to who gets what. It is all little stuff, but I like to think that everyone has fun dipping into the bags to see what crazy silly things are in there this year. For all the kids, there are special fun pencils, erasers, bookmarks, and such left over from my teaching days. I think the nieces and nephews may grow up before I run out of that stuff! I feel jubilant as I dole out the booty then make a list of who still needs a hot and scarf. There is still a good bit of knitting to do, but there are two good months before crunch time. Of course this means that this corner of the house is not usable for anything else until the gifts are boxed up and shipped out, but so what! Life is good!