|Summer slowly begins to wane...
||[Aug. 6th, 2006|02:23 pm]
~My Holiday Diary~
...And I realize there's but four months until Christmas, and then another year has ended. But this year has been so much better than 2005, so far, and for that I'm grateful.
Everything is still lush and humid and green in Virginia, but I see a few trees whose leaves have dulled to the color of brass. The flowers and parsley in my garden box are in full bloom, orange and orchid colors against unblemished scented green. That reminds me, I need to go pick some of that parsley and dry it for use this winter, and use some of the fresh stuff now as well.
I can't decide what I want to do for my parents this Christmas. Maybe big baskets full of things pertaining to their favorite foods/interests? I know I'd love a basket like that, only the food part would consist of pocky, specialty teas and coffee, and chocolate xD
Family members will get special treats, and of course there will be that gift drawing thing which will equal $25-$50, whichever my sister--the drawing's creator--decides upon. Becky's got her gift put away already, and I need gifts for my two little nieces and two little nephews. I'm still hoping to get Trevor an MP3 player like mine, and Mandi and Stephanie will be getting MLP's. Mark and Jonno...I dunno yet. Then there will be the Christmas swap at one of the MLP forums, and I want to do Operation Christmas Child and the local fill-a-stocking thing. I swear that I will NOT let this be stressful this year, I refuse to allow it. This holiday will be devoted to my God, though of course giving and uniting with my family are an extremely important part to me, too. So is doing good and taking that into the whole of the following year, making it part of my lifestyle.
So as the days slowly shorten by a minute every sunset, I write down ideas as to what to bake for my family members, gift ideas, and I gather more items for Operation Christmas Child and the fill-a-stocking drive. I will be ready this year. And while I won't let the childhood magic leave me, I will NOT be stressed out or greedy or whatever else takes away from the beauty of the holiday.
Oh, and I'm still working on the Christmas tile backgrounds :3 I got two done so far at least!