I remember when Christmas goods appeared in the stores at the beginning of December. Now they seem to start appearing in early September.
I suppose I am really in an ambiguous position on this though. On the one hand it doesn’t seem right to have Christmas stock for sale in the shops this early in the year, but on the other hand it is necessary to start planning craft gifts, like cross stitch items, even earlier.
One problem I have with Christmas cross stitch kits and patterns is that I tend to buy them when they are on special, usually near the beginning of the year. This seems like a good idea at the time, but they then get put away in a “safe place” so that I will know where they are when I want to use them.
I don’t know about you, but my “safe places” seem to have the annoying ability to change location all by themselves! I confidently go to where I am sure I put things away, only to find that everything else I thought was with those things is there, but the ones I want have somehow mysteriously disappeared. The good news is that I often locate something else I had previously been looking for whilst searching for the current missing item.
Personalised, handmade gifts and Christmas cards show an extra level of thoughtfulness and care because of the time you have spent making them. I have included a photo of a picture a friend of mine made me for Christmas 2003. This gift is even more special for me as this friend passed away several years later.
So let’s hunt out those Christmas cross stitch items from their “safe places” and get a few special little cards and gifts made for the special people in our lives.