What’s your least favourite Christmas song? I absolutely hate Santa Baby, no matter who sings it. Ew. While my stack of Christmas CD’s reaches my knees, it’s not on any of them, and I plan to keep it that way. Have you played any Christmas music yet? The CD’s are still in the shed with the rest of my Christmas gear but I’ve played my iTunes Christmas mix a few times. Love Sarah McLachlan’s Song for a Winter’s Night from the Women & Songs Christmas compilation. And Future of Forestry’s The Earth Stood Still.
I’m talking Christmas because it snowed this week, and I think it’s here to stay, all one inch of it. There will be more – I don’t live in northern British Columbia for nothing! And also because I started my Christmas crafting. When my in-laws were up a couple of weeks ago, my mother-in-law pieced together quilt blocks for my girls to embroider – it’s an adorable and simple snowflake lap quilt – and so we’ll all be working on embroidering the twelve blocks to hopefully complete before Christmas. Like my mother, I plan to keep most of my daughter’s Christmas projects after they leave home. I enjoy looking at the wooden nativity scene I painted when I was sixteen when my mom puts it on display at Christmas. Not so much the ugly snowman I made just a few years ago. Not all projects turn out.
I’m excited to announce that starting on Sunday, my friend Meredith MacRitchie and I will be collaborating to share a week of Christmas projects. Meredith and I are both avid paper crafters and blog hoppers, and are not even sure how we met during our travels in the scrappy blog universe, but we are sure that our husbands would think it’s weird that we are making friends on the internet. But what do they know? Meredith embraces Christmas with all her heart and she’s an inspiration to me – it’s an honour to be able to work together on this project. And while I have backed away from Christmas fuss over the last few years (except for making Christmas cards cause I love that tradition!), I do love Christmas – Christmas baking and decorating, Christmas carols, Advent calendars and verses, Christmas pageants and poems – and I think the season is worth a little fuss.