Thursday, December 29, 2011

Happy New Year!

Did you make Christmas or Hanukkah gifts this past year? Many of you did, I know for a fact.

It seems odd, given my profession, but I never used to make gifts--I bought everything. A few years ago, however, I started making a few. I discovered that I really enjoyed giving something different and special to people. Yes, another stunning revelation comes my way.

This year, however, I didn't make as many gifts as I would have liked. Time can get away from you.

I'm not much for resolutions. They tend not to last. But this year, I think I'm making one. Every month, I am going to make sure that I make at least one gift, and.....


Something in my head is suddenly feeling awry. I suddenly sense that I need to do actual math. [Insert muttering-type counting sounds.] Uhm.... okay. There are 23 people on my gift list.

GPS: "Recalculating."

So this is the plan: Every month, I am going to make sure that I make at least two gifts. By December, I should have at least one handmade gift for everyone on my list. I'm planning to make most of them simple so that this plan is achievable. I have no desire whatsoever to burn out or injure myself.

So that's the goal. We'll see if it works. If it doesn't, I'll probably still have more done than this past year.

But I'm quite serious about it and have already started a list of ideas for people and am even writing them into my iPhone. For obvious reasons, I can't blog about the results of this plan very well, but, provided that you are unrelated to me and/or not on the list, feel free to ask how things are going and what I am doing. You might even get a few ideas for yourself.

Anyone out there care to join me?

1 comment:

Mary Ellen said...

I've seen this kind of plan work well in other areas. A friend of mine resolved to make a different batch of cookies each week for her co-workers. She stuck to the plan (even through a 5 month kitchen remodel!). The result: 52 new recipes mastered and many happy co-workers.