Friday, October 23, 2009

Huddling in for Winter - Carol Steward

I think winter is closer than I'm really ready for. We've had our first snow, our first bitter freeze, and it's DARK by 7 pm. I find myself making soups and chowders for supper, pulling out the lap blankets, and thinking of.... yep, Christmas. What to get everyone-what could I make them? Will it mean as much to them as it did to me making it?

Funny that when money isn't so tight, I have no problem running out and grabbing "anything" to fulfill the gift-giving requirement. But now, I find myself wanting to give something the kids will remember. Like the silly appliqued sweatshirts I made my kids. One a racecar with a teddy bear driving it. The other a dinosaur throwing a button-football. They are still in boxes, waiting for my grandchildren to grow into them. And the boys still remember them. Last year my daughter-in-law requested I make her and her sons Christmas stockings to match ours. I thought they would want to start their own traditions with their own designed stockings. It made me feel pretty wonderful that a design my mom started 30+ years ago will live on, even if we didn't make sequin monster trucks back in those days.

I love fall and winter, when I can pull out the needlework, snuggle in, slow down and enjoy the many books in my "to be read" stack. At each "resting place" in my house, I have a different book at one stage or another in the reading progress.

What do you like most about fall?


Debby Giusti said...

Temperatures have dropped in Georgia, and I'm enjoying the change this year. After a long, hot summer, it's nice to pull out sweaters and jackets and layer when I go outside. My afternoon walks are much more brisk, and a hot cup of tea is perfect in the evening.

One question though? How do you have time to make gifts for Christmas? :)

Anonymous said...

Cooler temps. The fall colors of orange and black. The trees changing colors. Great post.Blessings.

Anonymous said...

I like all of the holidays that occur in the Fall and all of the preparations for that special day. I like the extra cooking/baking and the smells of the season.