Christmas is seven days away. Isn’t that crazy? It feels very surreal to me, because I’m mentally stuck in September. It’s like my mind has been on hold since I moved back to Tennessee. Like my dad says, “Time doesn’t like to stand still.”
Another surreal fact: last Christmas
I gave you my heart, but the very next day, you gave it away I was in Seattle. All my family from the south flew across the country to see us, and it was one of the best Christmases I’d ever experienced. This year won’t be much different, except now we’re only a three-hour drive away from that family rather than several plane rides.
I know most of y’all probably aren’t done Christmas shopping yet. I’m certainly not. Is there some human instinct that makes us wait till the last minute, pushing through traffic and stressful grocery lines, to get that last present? Because that would explain a lot.
However, most of my gifts this year are homemade; half for the fun of it, half because it’s a more sincere gift, and half because it counts toward my Home Economics credit. (Wait, how many halves was that?) A couple of weeks ago I made candles – with the help of my mom, of course – using wax flakes, essential oils, and glass teacups from Goodwill. I haven’t put the labels on yet, but they smell fantastic. 🙂
From left to right: Peppermint (relieves headaches), Citrus Fresh (energizing, for mental clarity), and Thieves + Orange (for immunity). Not bad, eh? 🙂
In addition, my siblings and I (those that were willing, anyway) have been making homemade spice jars. So far we’ve only made 1/3 (ranch seasoning), but later today we’ll be making taco and soup seasonings. Here are some more photos from the other day, when we made the ranch. 🙂
Have you done your Christmas shopping yet? Any homemade gifts on the agenda, or do you prefer to buy them? Share your thoughts below, and have a very merry Christmas! 🙂