I have always loved to craft. Especially to crochet. This was something I learned at the age of five from my Granny Blanch. One of the best things I remember is receiving crocheted gifts from her at Christmas time. I still have the crocheted slippers she made for me when I was in High School. My mom still has the doilies she made, and two quilts.
I guess that's why I prefer to make my Christmas presents instead of purchasing them. Luckily, most of my friends and family would rather receive something I took the time to create for them, than something purchased in town. And for those who could care less, well that's what gift certificates are for. Of course, for the younger kids toys still rule. And I have to admit, I have almost as much fun shopping for toys as I like making afghans.
I start making a list of all the people I need to have gifts for almost as soon as the last present is opened. The next step is to pick out the perfect gift and make sure I have all the supplies needed to create it. For the next year I am busy creating gifts for family and friends, as well as creating items to sell in my online booths. Its sometimes hard to stay motivated in the middle of summer when your working on a king sized fisherman design afghan for your oldest nephew, but the smiles and hugs at Christmas make it all worth while.
I'm sure the fact that I do love to craft, and have been lucky enough to find a way to actually earn money while doing it has contributed to the fact that I have not suffered from high blood pressure which does run in my family. And am rarely sick. It also helps me to remain calm, cool, and collected, when things tend to get a little crazy.
So this year most of my gifts are completed. I just need to pick up a couple of gift certificates. And the toys for the younger kids are already wrapped and ready for Santa to put under the tree. Christmas morning I plan on sitting in the recliner with a cup of hot chocolate, lots of craft books and my list. After all, its never too early to start crafting for next year.