It sure feels like that around here, and not in a bad way.
Yesterday, being Nikolas Tag, seems a fitting day for an avalanch of presents anyway. The kids were admittedly a bit disappointed. In trying not to get too wrapped up in gifts and sweets just for the sake of gifts and sweets, I may have taken it a bit too far. I only put one small-ish chocolate Nikolas in each kid’s boot. They preferred last year when they got Ugly Dolls with their chocolate. The day improved though when the boy I tutor in English brought candy-filled boots for each kid.
I spent the entire morning wrapping presents and boxing them up to mail to my mom’s house. My fingers are crossed that everything arrives in time for Christmas. Since we will be seeing both our immediate families there was just too much stuff to take in our luggage AND expect to fit winter clothes in too.
I got a little help with some of the wrapping. Katja illustrated this bag for me:
Then I went to my favorite yarn shop for a knit night and our hostess bestowed handmade cookie scenery on each attendee. A chocolate Nikolas (not handmade) and a three dimensional cookie tree in sugar snow. Yummmm.
Today I opened a box from Susanne expecting to find her part of our sliced quilt project. Not only did I find that, but there was a surprise Fliegenpilz too! What a great gift. I immediately added it to my fantasy windowsill forest. Thank you Susanne!
It goes perfectly with the candle holder from my hand sewing friends and the results of two of the kits I bought.
So, this morning the hand sewing group met at my house, and being our last get-together before Christmas, we had a bit of a mini-Christmas with hand-made pincushions, angel doll ornaments, bags with hexagon templates, Japanese quilt books we ordered, and home made Stollen for all. (Plus the birthday mushroom above.) Thank you Johnny, Ulla, Christine, Regine, and Laurel. The candle holder also reminds me of three packages that have arrived, but I can’t open them yet since they are for my birthday next week.
If all that wasn’t enough, a package arrived this afternoon with a special treat I ordered, PLUS an extra unexpected present! A house to hang somewhere. We decided it looked best on the door to Katja’s room which is very pink and red too. Thank you Sandra (and Friederike).
Not to brag (too much), but it does seem like all presents all the time around here. 🙂