Now that I am done with all my "before christmas" work I feel like Christmas is just around the corner. Why does time insist on going so fast? I have a pretty extensive list of all the things I want to enjoy before the week is up and I have come to realize my love for routine has turned into a chronological order in which I need to do them. With that I find myself liking to stick to "traditions" I made by having done one such thing or another one year and then trapped myself into the habit of having to do it exactly the same every year thereafter. One of these thing I love doing, that I know many people dread, is wrapping presents. Where it gets weird is that I have to watch Christmas Vacation while wrapping my presents; it can't (in my mind) be any other movie. I also have to have personalized gift tags as though, if I skip it one year people are going to disappointed with my obvious failure to accomplish making my own gift tags. Oh the webs we weave...
One of my favorites is just printing out little photos of people and sticking them on their presents. It makes it real easy when you wake up at 6 am (which I do, I am always the first up on Christmas. Another "tradition" I have branded myself with) to hand out the gifts - no reading required. This year I ran across all these little wooden ornaments in my christmas decor that I have accumulated throughout the years. They had been being re-packed away forever so I decided to finally do something with them to avoid repacking them again (or tossing them out). Because I knew painting them to hang on the tree was not going to happen, I have officially been a mother for almost 15 years - I have so been there and done that.
So, not getting too creative but changing it up a bit I painted them with chalkboard paint and stuck them on presents for gift tags. This is a "at your own risk" project, obviously the names could be easily rubbed off - to prevent any mix-ups I only put them on presents I knew I could identify if any curious fingers got the best of me. Giving actual step-by-step instructions seems a bit superfluous but I will say I used a couple coats because the wood is so porous and I let them dry for about any hour before I started any ribbon tying or chalk writing.
Any pre-holiday traditions you will be engaging in this week?