|A tiny part of Sabine's Advent Calendar|
Several years ago, in November, I put out an announcement. I did not want any Christmas presents, and I wasn’t giving any. Just like Rabbit, I have a ton of friends and relations, and everyone one of them used to give every other one a present! It was just way too much. In fact, it was horrible. At my proclamation, my relatives either heaved a sigh of relief, or, if they happened to be an auntie, completely ignored my mandate. But even with the ignorers, Christmas suddenly became exponentially more manageable and more Christmasy. I have been paring down the non-church related aspect of Christmas ever since. Of course I enjoy Christmas baking, and giving my aunties and babies gifts, and the cousins get a lovely card telling them that I have donated something in their name to a worthy cause. Nowadays I give Christmas presents because I want to, rather than because I am obliged to. And I don’t expect one in return. It is so much nicer that way, and more fun to receive gifts given in that same spirit. This year I received several spectacular stunners!
My friend Sabine sent me an unbelievable Adventskalendar with a delightful little gift for every day of December and then several fabulous books and yarn for actual Christmas.
|Another sweet bit of the Advent Calendar . I do love buttons.|
Rebecca made me these oh so fantastic gloves – her first gloves, and I believe, her first Fair Isle knitted thing.
|The actual color is much deeper.|
My gift from Samos was almost too spectacular to believe! I shrieked with delight when I opened it!
Oh! And one more thing!
|A gift from the Department of Transportation. Sigh!|