Now that Unofficial Christmas is almost over, I feel like the real holiday season, the fun one, is finally getting started. Sunday I decorated my apartment, inflating the Christmas tree and setting up candles. Das Roomie helped me tape ornaments to the tree. It's a pretty cute set-up. Someday, there'll be pictures.
I've got my Christmas card designed, so now I just need to get the materials I need to print it up and send it out. I'm nearing the end of two different knitting projects for other people. My second annual Day of Baking has been scheduled. These are exciting times.
I'm trying to come up with good presents for people. Things I think they'll like, things I think will make their lives... not better, necessarily. But a little nicer, for having them. I was struck, last winter, at how amongst the presents I received for Christmas, including some extremely generous and useful gifts, the ones that made the most striking impact on my life were two pairs of cute slipper socks. I wear those socks almost constantly, right after I get home from work, because my feet get cold so often and they are so very warm. I didn't realize how badly I needed those socks untiil after I got them.
Those are the presents I wish I could give more often. The things people don't realize they need.
This is why I like the holidays. It's an opportunity to try and figure these things out.