In retail, Christmas is like game on.
It's great to have the shop so busy, and for myself to be so busy that I'm working late into the night (just like my elfin friends to the north). But honestly, it's becoming quite a blur!
I downloaded the adorable Very Merry Advent Guide from Heidi Kenney & Amanda Krueger to help me find time for myself and connect with Christmas in my own way (apart from trying my darnedest to make it happy for everyone coming thru the shop). The concept is to create one activity a day thru Christmas based on 100's of suggestions; well, I knew I couldn't quite keep up with that with my schedule - but, I've completed a couple projects and it's been such fun.
First, you know, I had to attempt the cross stitch project - an elf!
Then, a major undertaking, decorating the house and tree.
Also, I found time to squeeze a little holiday thrifting (yes, it's on the Very Merry list!) I scored a vintage Christmas star for 99 cents (I've been looking for one for some time now). It didn't work but for a dollar, what the hay?! I popped a new bulb in it and presto, it's like brand new!
Also, not vintage, but darling just the same, this over-sized Cardinal cookie jar. We love our Cardinal family this season at the feeder - so it's extra special!
Anywho, I highly recommend Very Merry; I saved $2 with a coupon code blogheidi from Heidi's blog, My Paper Crane. Give it a shot; it's not too late to get into the spirit of the season!