December 11, 2006
So do you tell people “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas”? I heard an interesting bit of information on the radio yesterday. Zogby did a poll and found that 95% of people were not offended to be wished a “Merry Christmas” during the holiday season. But even more interesting – 32% of people WERE offended to be wished “Happy Holidays” because they felt like it takes the focus off the Reason for the Season. Apparently, it even affects where some people shop. (Seriously. Read about it.) So are you an HH or an MC? I’m an MC. And an HK. Happy Knitting.
Today I thought I’d talk about some
holiday Christmas traditions we have at our house. We have been using this Advent Tree for 15 years. I still remember painting it (it was a kit) on the kitchen counter with 1 year old Knitting Daughter and 4 year old College Boy trying to get in there and “help”. I think they soon realized that I was very occupied with getting it done, and they were able to get away with way too many things that day. We all had fun. This is one of the important things. One of the “You don’t have to put up ALL the decorations this year, but you must put up the ornament tree” kinds of traditions.
Another favorite includes putting all of the photos that we receive in cards, up on the refrigerator for the month of December. I used to put them all over the kitchen cabinets, but Wonder Husband pointed out that my tape left a sticky residue which he wasn’t too happy about. So now they go on the fridge. I love being surrounded by the smiling faces of those we love all month long. I didn’t take a picture of it, because most of my friends are like me – they send their cards about a week before Christmas. Although I should’ve given the early birds a bit of recognition by showing their photos on the blog.
Last year I started a new tradition – collecting these fun elves. I saw them in a magazine and hunted them down. My thought was that I’d add one or two a year, but as you can see, I picked up four last year already. Don’t you love the tattered outfit on the fiddle player? And the singer guy has holes in his knees. I’m the kind of sucker that picks things like this up just because they’re so pathetic.
(I’ll have to show you the really scarey elf-guy I bought before I discovered the cute Elves Themselves.) I haven’t bought any for this year, so maybe that will all even out. Aren’t they fun, though?
I’d love to hear what is special to you during the month of December. Tell me something that you collect, or a tradition you have, or a recipe that you always make, or … anything else that makes the season special to you. I’ll enter everyone who leaves a comment into the December drawing for a fun prize – yarn, pattern, chocolate – you know, all the important stuff. I’ll post the winner a week from today, and will mail the package right off. I’m looking forward to hearing about how you make the season special in your family!
I will post this on the website as well, but I wanted to give you a heads up that we will be taking a week off at the end of the month. We are heading out of town on a special trip in celebration of my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary – so the whole family is attending! We’ll ship our last batch of orders out on the 23rd. You are welcome to place orders while we are gone. (In fact, you’re encouraged to place orders while we’re gone, and we have something fun in mind for that week. More info on that later.) We will get them packed right up when we return, and will start shipping them out on January 2nd. I’ll miss hearing from you during that week off, but I’ll be anxious to come back and share with you all the new yarn lines and fun stuff that we have in the works for January!
Here’s the scarey “Muffin Man” guy. I bought him just because I felt sorry for him. He was on clearance at the store (mid-December) because no one wanted him. So I took him home. He has shared several Christmas seasons with us, and he likes it here.
Remember – keep sending Socks on Trees and Socks on Rocks for our photo gallery. Some of these are really cracking me up! (And I want to come live at some of your houses – you have wonderful knitting areas. Keep sending those photos, too.)
And check out the fun things over on my friend Kelly’s website – she’s the one with the wonderful sheep farm! (Note – if you suspect you will be hitting Loopy Groupie status in the next month or so, don’t be ordering her cute sheep calendar. Just sayin’.)