You know what I mean don't you?
Christmas is starting to appear in the stores!
Hard to believe, isn't it?
I used to feel completely annoyed that stores started advertising Christmas so early. It's not like the stores care whether or not we are enjoying the spirit of Christmas longer; all they want is for us to spend, spend, spend.
Then came the time when I lived in West Africa. Christmas arrived in the store (that's one store, mind you) about 4 days before Christmas. I was so sad. It was hot and it felt like the middle of summer. My children spent their first Christmas in a place that didn't even know what Christmas was supposed to look like as far as I was concerned. I decided right then that I was not going to complain about how early Christmas arrives to stores in the US when I returned. I would just enjoy!
So, yes, my children have not even returned to school this year yet, but we are beginning to see Christmas decorations and gifts on the shelves of some stores. And, we are happy! I am grateful to be here and to enjoy the season--even if it is starting in August. I am choosing to let it remind me to get going on the gifts that I would like to make for my friends and family members and to enjoy the season of giving for a long (long!) time.
And, now for the 25th of the month Christmas reminder...I've been watching for gift ideas that I want to use this year and I have found some amazing ones. These are two of my all-time faves:
Elizabeth at Twelve Crafts Till Christmas (don't you love that??)
came up with THIS adorable idea:
Incredible! Almost makes me want to have another baby just to have a monogram taggie in my home. Actually, I will be happy to just gift this one!
These personalized game pieces are definitely on my list of handmade gifts to make for my own children. No question about which piece belongs to which person and no fighting over which color each person gets!
Both of these bloggers have tons and tons of pretty amazing ideas. Some people just ooze creativity and I love to soak it all up! Go visit their blogs and enjoy--but don't forget to have your Christmas lists ready so you can take notes on what to make and give. There are so many fun ideas you won't know where to begin!
These ideas have been added to my Christmas Linky. You can find it in the menu bar. Do you have a fun idea for a Christmas gift? Please share!
Go HERE to link up!