About this time of year many people who knit or embroider start to turn their crafty fingers toward Thingmas (you know the big Christian holiday that takes place in December).
On the internet most of the forums I chat on talk has already turned to what they are going to be knitting for whom or whether that stocking they are embroidering will get finished for this year or next.
There are ornament exchanges, swaps and advent exchanges. All over the world friends who have often never met in real life are making gifts for others.
This is on top of the usual gift preparation, house decorating, shopping, cooking, baking etc that they will be doing.
I think it’s a wonderful expression of friendship, of family, of community but it also makes me sad.
Sad that so many of us can’t pace ourselves, sad that so many of my friends run themselves ragged, sleep less, spend more than they can afford, argue with their family and have such high expectations. Sad that their gift to another comes with expectations. Expectations of what they are going to receive in return.
So whatever your choice please do it wisely, with no guilt or anxiety and no expectation. Enjoy every minute of every day for the right reasons – whatever they may be.