Self-imposed pressure is the best motivator for me. For some reason, yesterday, I found my Christmas spirit. I think it had something to do with Molli Sparkles putting out a call on Instagram to collect hashtag blocks and make quilts for the families who tragically lost loved ones in a gunman's terrorist attack in Australia. You wouldn't think hearing such horrible news would cheer someone, but to see the amazing outpouring of love and help from quilters all over the world really does make me happy. So I made 7 blocks and packaged them up to ship off to Australia.
And then I went to my granddaughter's kindergarten program.
I have been putting off finishing the decorating of the house but I was feeling such joy after the program that I went to the nursery to buy the fresh garland and wreaths I usually use to decorate the outside windows and fireplace. Disappointed, because they were out of garland and wreaths, I made a mental note to be sure to get to the nursery earlier in the season from now on. But I did buy the fresh flowers and poinsettias I needed to make the centerpieces.
I came home and made two arrangements and also decorated the dining room tables.