...'cause Christmas is nearly here and I still have a ton do do! How about you? Every year at about this time, I tell myself that in the coming year I will start my Christmas preps earlier, but then when November rolls around, it always seems too early for me to start... Perhaps I feel a bit under the gun at the moment because, instead of decking the halls at home last weekend, I was away in Portland, Oregon, to watch our oldest, Stefania, play in a soccer tournament; it was all great fun and, while we didn't do a lot of shopping (too many people and queues for me!), I did pick up the snow globe you see above... What do you think? I love snow globes, but this is the first one I've ever bought because I always find the ones I see around a bit "over the top"; perhaps I should just make one... Hmmm, maybe next year!
I thought I would be able to post more often in this leadup to Christmas but, as usual, I've underestimated how much time it takes me to get ready for the big event! I do have a fair amount of food still to prepare as we have our close friends over for Wigilia, which is the traditional Christmas Eve vigil supper in Poland when we eat yummy things like barszcz (beetroot soup) with uszki (mushroom ravioli), pierogi, herring, makowiec (poppy cake), and then I also make a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings on Christmas day for our family. Of course, there are still lots of cookies to bake which I'm off to do as soon as I finish writing this little post and, while our tree is up, we still have the rest of the house "to deck" and, yes, there are gifts to wrap... Speaking of gifts, what do you think of the vintage Christmas wrap I picked up recently at a local thrift shop?... I bought it because it brought back memories of Christmas pasts for me, but I still have to figure out how I'll use it because I do think it's too precious to wrap gifts in!
I was hoping to show you a few new pillowcases before Christmas, but I don't think I will have them done in time; more than likely, I'll share them with you right after Christmas and before the New Year, one of my favourite weeks of the year because it feels so re-e-e-estful compared to the pre-Christmas frenzy... I did however have time to make up a few pillowcases in a style I made two Christmases ago (definitely one of my all-time favourites) and I've listed them in my Etsy shop. In case you may also be wondering, I am also still working on my patterns and I'll update you on my progress right after Christmas.
I do have to run now because I can hear my oven timer going off, so thanks for popping by and I do hope you are enjoying this time of year, albeit a bit crazy for some of us!...