It is December 19th. In the next 3 weeks we will observe Hanukkah, Christmas, the Solstice, and the New Year. It’s no wonder that so many celebrations take place at this time of year. The days are short and the weather changes to real winter. It’s 5° outside here in Schenectady as I write this. So, we human beings have found ways to warm up the winter nights with Christmas trees, Menorahs, and bonfires. We prepare special foods, especially cookies, cakes, and other carbohydrate laden goodies, not to mention the glög, egg nog, champagne, wassail and other special alcoholic treats. It’s all designed to warm us up, gather us together, and get us thinking about family and friends. Thinking about the things we share and love.
So, take some time during this holiday season to think about what you love. Think about what your want to achieve in 2017 – not idle resolutions to lose weight or exercise more – but things you really want to accomplish, even if it’s only to quilt more, eat at home more, or spend more time with friends. Stop rushing to get the packages wrapped, the gifts completed, the food cooked, and contemplate what is more important to you, now and going forward. You might find that you are more able to get all that other stuff done and you will be happier about all of it.
Lynn and her family will be celebrating at home in Niskayuna. Larry and I will share Christmas Eve and day with our congregation in Tribes Hill, NY. But we’re heading to North Carolina to spend New Year’s with two of our four children and their spouses. Our other two kids and their families will be in Boston and Houston, but we will spend time on the phone with them on Christmas and New Year’s.
Then it’s back home to the cold weather and the responsibilities of life. Larry will be back in the pulpit. On January 5 Lynn and I will present the “Quilting Into the 21st Century” trunk show at the Schenectady Guild and on January 7 I will be teaching Basic Machine Quilting to members of the Schenectady Guild. (www.quiltschenectady.org)
On January 13, as a part of the Quilting 101 series for QUILT Inc in Delmar, NY, I will do a demo on how to use Micron pens and fabric markers for quilt labels, drawing on fabric, and customizing quilt bags. This series of basic skills is offered monthly following the regular QUILT Inc meeting (the 2nd Friday of each month) and is open to anyone interested. Visit www.quiltinc.org for more info.
Looking forward a little further, we will present our first Mystery Quilt Weekend February 17 to 20. Kathryn has designed a new mystery quilt for the weekend and we will set up a Facebook chat group for participants to share questions, comments, and pictures throughout the weekend. Kathryn has directed several other mystery quilts for her guild, but this is her first on-line mystery. It’s exciting! You will be able to sign up for the weekend shortly after the New Year. Watch for more information coming soon.
Enjoy your holidays, family, and the joys of life.