Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It is one of the holidays where families get together to enjoy a good meal and each other's company without the obligation of purchasing a gift.
I want Christmas to be like that. I think I say that now because I can't afford to buy expensive gifts for everyone in my family.
There has always been this part of me that wants to have a homemade Christmas. The kind where you get together early in the morning to prepare to Christmas dinner, hang out for the day drinking coffee, and eventually wine...just soaking in the time together. Then, once we've had a little time to digest, open homemade presents that have real feeling behind them. I'm not saying you can't have an emotional response to a new drill, but I just have a feeling opening a box of homemade cookies, bread, or handmade candle might give a slightly more personal, moving response...
I think that's what I want, but if given the opportunity, would I do it? it's hard when you have kids to get out the door for an entire day. I know Anya doesn't really sleep/nap well anywhere but in her bed. Couple that with even if she did sleep, there might be too much noise to stay asleep.
Homemade gifts are harder not only because you essentially have an "amateur" making the gift, it then has to be something the person wants. It isn't hard to do, but requires to actually KNOW the person.
Do they like chocolate chip cookies, but LOVE chocolate Chip with walnut cookies?
What if they don't bake properly? What if the Candle turns an undesirable color? What if? What if?
That's the issue I'm facing, the "what if" dilemma. I want to make and give gifts people will LOVE, not just like. I WANT to know them well enough to make something they will fondly remember, and (not so secretly) hope they receive again next year, or something very similar.
Maybe some year, we'll do that...maybe.