I checked out a few holiday books from the library ("Colorado Christmas", "An Old Fashioned Christmas", and "Christmas Poems, Stories, and Carols".) Reading some of these tales of Christmases past has re-awakened the Christmas Spirit in me.
Gone are the days when handmade gifts filled ones stocking and there might be the rare treat of a storebought gift. How easy it is to buy that certain something from a store, or even online! But how much thought and care really go into purchasing that special gift card?
I've been relishing my time with my needles, crafting my humble little gifts. Time is such a precious commodity...can we ever have enough of it? And I think that's what a handmade gift symbolizes...that the recipient is worth your precious time. That you've thought about them throughout the entire process, and woven good wishes with each little stitch.
Bliss. That's what I feel when I see each little completed project. And that's what I've relearned to feel while making them too.