Can someone please tell me where the first half of December went? While you are at it, you might explain how it is that it's almost 2012 and I've only just begun to write 2011 on anything. One minute I think I'm ahead of the Christmas hustle and then the next thing I know, it's almost Christmas break and there is nothing under the tree.
Yes, I've purchased most of the gifts, but I've yet to wrap a single one. Wait! That's not true, I wrapped the ones that went to Chicago in November. Come to think of it that the last time I was ahead of the game!
I've been busy. Making Cinnamon Rolls, attending Girl Scout Christmas Caroling events, high school band concerts, dance recitals at retirement villages and, of course, a few "secret" things that I don't want to give away yet. I like to be busy. Really. I like a "to do list" that is chuck full, but I especially like it when I cross a whole bunch of the items off the list before midnight. My preference is really by 5 p.m. so that I can "enjoy" the season a little each night.
Thankfully, I'm beginning to see these moments of chaos as blessings too. I can't imagine my life without my family and friends. I love to bless them with cinnamon goodness. I love to write a little personal note at the end of our generic Christmas card. The days of band concerts, dance performances, and singing carols are short lived and I want to savor them while I can.
All those "moments" are what add up to my life and, if in those moments I'm not thanking God for the chaos and the joy, I'm missing it. Plus, with life around these parts, I'll have plenty of time to catch up on my sleep this winter sitting by the fireplace. Hopefully, those moments will include a good book and a skein of yarn or two!