December 25, 2001 ~ Making Christmas
Merry Christmas, to those who celebrate.
I'm actually not feeling so great.
You see, I like giving people presents, but I didn't really have anything to give this year. And it wasn't even because of money. I can usually pull something pretty nice together without spending much; I like making gifts. One year, I made Ukrainian decorated egg ornaments (that was before I was a Vegan), and another year I made dream pillows (with herbs that I picked around campus and essential oils that I had around the house). I've been known to pick up the perfect gift at a thrift store. I've made wheel-thrown pottery, or paintings, or even written personalized poetry or short stories, for those that would appreciate it. I've woven baskets or created some hand-made paper. I usually put a lot of time and thought into gift making and finding.
This year, however, the problem was that school didn't let out until the 22nd. Three days is NOT enough time to make a bunch of gifts, especially when you add packing, visiting, and travel into the equation. It usually takes me a long time to make all of my Christmas gifts. I like thinking about the people that I am making the gifts for while I make them.
I don't know what the administration at the college was thinking, keeping us until the very last business day before Christmas. I was taking finals and writing final essays and projects right through the time that I would normally be making Christmas gifts.
So anyway, I felt pretty bad, getting but not giving. No one ever minds, they understand that Morgan and I are busy, poor college students, but still. I like giving gifts.
Perhaps I need to start my gifts for next year this summer, to get a head start.
But anyway, sheesh. I didn't mean to be so depressing on Christmas. I hope everyone has a good holiday!