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December 22, 2006

Oh, right, Christmas.

Holidays are supposed to be fun, right?

So I've been really out of the Christmas mood for the past few weeks. Honestly, it seemed like Christmas was just a reason for more things to be added to my to do list. So I was doing the things, checking them off, but not really feeling it. I was looking forward to seeing my family and all, but getting through Christmas itself seemed like just one more thing that had to be done and checked off. Kristy, among others, has written about the pressure and stress induced by hearing how we're supposed to get rid of stress and chill out and enjoy the spirit of the season, and I've definitely been feeling that as well.

And then last night I was in the bookstore cleaning up the kids' section, and "O Holy Night" came on the overhead, and it suddenly clicked and I got it again. I don't think I can express exactly what I "got," but I finally remembered that oh, yeah, it's Christmas. It's not just meaningless stress. There's a point to it all. I like Christmas. Right. Must try to remember that.

That said, I am continuing to stress about all the stuff that needs to get done. I'm working a half day today so I can do errands and pack and such. Also, I have 42" of a scarf that needs to be done tomorrow. Can I do 18" in the midst of everything else today? (60" is an acceptable scarf length, right?) We shall see... Tomorrow, I work at the bookstore from 8:45 to 4, and then head go home to pick up Dewey and head to Connecticut.

PSA: If you're going to be in any stores for any reason this weekend, please, PLEASE try to be particularly nice to the people working there. You know those annoying fellow shoppers? The people working in the store have to deal with them all day. We know it's almost Christmas. We know you're stressed. We are too. You should know that we are doing our absolute best to help you find what you need and get out as quickly as possible. We don't enjoy the lines any more than you do. We can probably be more helpful than you expect, though, so give us a chance. Thanks.

Posted by Kat at December 22, 2006 09:08 AM

I have no idea what your pattern is or who you're making the scarf for, but have you thought about making it a half scarf that attaches under the chin with a a pin? There's a picture of one on page 19 of Alterknits by Leigh Radford, and it's absolutely adorable.

Posted by: Kristy at December 22, 2006 12:09 PM

That's a good reminder about not taking out holiday stress on people who are working! Here's hoping you get everything done.

Posted by: Chris at December 22, 2006 12:53 PM

I completely understand about the Christmas spirit thing. I still haven't found it -- hopefully I'll hit it soon. And thanks for the PSA... I used to work in retail, so I understand, but I like to take it one step further and remind the jerks in the store to be nice, because I know the sales people are not allowed to say anything!

Posted by: miss ewe at December 22, 2006 01:01 PM

I hope you can finish your 18" of scarf, because I need to have faith that I can finish 9" of sock. This is where a true Christmas miracle could come in handy.

I'm glad the holidays have finally clicked for you! May they be merry and bright.

Posted by: Rachel at December 22, 2006 04:08 PM

I hope you and Dewey have and wonderful Christmas!!

Posted by: Heather at December 22, 2006 08:05 PM

Good luck on finishing your projects! I just finished mine today.

I try to stay away from stores this time of year. I do feel sorry for the people who work at the stores.

Posted by: Jenni at December 22, 2006 09:28 PM

Merry Christmas--I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Posted by: --Deb at December 22, 2006 09:59 PM

60" is great for a scarf.

I have to admit I'm not nice to people working retail around the holidays. I avoid them. Actually I avoid going in the stores, but it has the same effect. I don't think they'll be lonely. ;)

Have a great time with the folks.

Posted by: Ivy at December 23, 2006 08:38 AM

Oh, you just brought back some horrible memories of life in retail sales back when I was in my late teens and early twenties. Those big lines always stressed me out. I could feel my face getting hot, though, I don't know if anyone noticed but me.

Posted by: Krista at December 23, 2006 01:38 PM
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