December 13, 2017
I lost my job the Friday before Thanksgiving this year. It was quite a surprise and, of course, I went through all the stages of grief. I was sad, angry, confused, blah, blah, blah. Now I'm thrilled! Not only was I able to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with all my boys at home, I was able to nurse a wicked toothache without worrying about taking time off of work, clean and organize my house, and get all the Christmas decorations up and ready while everyone was off at school and work and no one was around to bother me! Doesn't sound very festive? Maybe not for some, but this year, right here and now, it was exactly what I needed.
I needed time to heal from losing a job I really did love for a very long time. To make peace with the fact that people I trusted and liked let me down in a massive way. I needed to figure out what to do with the rest of my life. Was this it? Was I done working? Was I too old to get back into the workforce? Or maybe, just maybe, this was God giving me the push I so desperately needed and prayed for to go out into the big bad world and start something of my very own. And then the reality hit! The reality of not having money to buy Christmas presents, of not having health insurance, of feeling like I let my family and friends down. Just like that all my cheers of Ho Ho Ho changed to choruses of Ho Hum!
How was I supposed to do this? Christmas on a budget is one thing. Christmas with no budget is another. So I did what I do best, research!! And all that research let me to one word people, one word....Pinterest Now I'm not talking about the hilarious "Pinterest Fails" that we've all seen - they are great, aren't they?! No, I'm talking more about "Pinterest for Dummies". I don't know how we all survived these years without Pinterest. It has saved me in the kitchen more times than I can count, given me inspiration for fun nail designs that my poor manicurist has had to figure out how to do, and now, it has saved Christmas!
*Spoiler alert here - STOP reading if you're family, friends, or neighbors*
A few hours on Pinterest, a couple of trips to the craft store and the next thing you know the house is covered in glitter and wax and lemon peels as I'm making candles, etched glasses and mugs, holiday signs, wooden ornaments with our family pictures on them, and booze! Yes, booze! Limoncello is in the pantry fermenting away. Of course I bought stuff for the boys, they are a little too young for the beer mugs and booze and, hopefully not in need of mood-setting candles just yet, but for everyone else I am so happy to give them something that I made with my own hands, that says how much I love them, and I'm ok if they are a little crooked, or if the picture popped up on the corner. I'm ok because I am giving my heart to those who mean the most to me. And that, my friends, is what Christmas is all about. And lights, lots and lots of sparkling lights - just as the handy hubby ;)
Merry Christmas, everyone!