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Monday, 7 December 2015


For me, apart from being with family, one of the best parts of the festive period is

I don't in any way mean that in a capitalist sense, it's not about spending money on extravagant gifts. For me there's nothing better than to have carefully thought about something that a person might like for Christmas, and to watch their face as they open or receive it. It's similar to preparing a meal and then watching as the person you have prepared it for enjoys it. Well I guess in both ways you hope they like it! I think if you've thought about it carefully, and started thinking about it early enough it's easier. I listen out for things they mention, or think around their hobbies and likes and dislikes as a starting point. I gather ideas and do lots of list making before starting to buy or to knit.

Giving knitted gifts is fulfilling, however it's even more so when you know the recipient will appreciate the time and effort you have put into the gift you have made and actually use it. This year I'm knitting a few gifts. I've tried to limit myself a bit and to have contingency plans in case I don't finish on time. In previous years I have been very stressed trying to get things finished right up to Christmas eve. That's really not a great place to be! But this year it's going well. I don't want to post too many pictures for fear of them being seen but here's a sneaky peek. Fingers crossed that the good progress continues!

I like to think a gift is something to make someone happy, or happier. Of course, it doesn't have to be an object or have a monetary value, some of the best gifts we have are our time, our love and our forgiveness. I also like to give money to charity at this time of the year; to give something back to people in a less fortunate situation than me. For the last few years following my aneurysm it's been to Headway.

I hope I can spread a bit a joy with the gifts I am making and with those that me and the hubby have selected for friends and family this year. How are you getting on with preparations for your festivities?