I realized tonight that I vowed I wasn't going to do stressful holidays anymore, and in that spirit I'm going to take a couple of weeks off from Velvet Verbosity so that I can have a few more hours to add to the holiday schedule. Hours that I hope will allow me to relax into baking and wrapping and receiving guests.
There's no de-stressing the shopping part for me. The minute I walk into a store my brain starts overloading. The best I can do is shop local in little bits. Besides, Corporate America doesn't need my money this Christmas. I'm lucky to live in a town bursting at the seams with local artisans and shop owners.
I hope whatever you celebrate that this season finds you and your family healthy, peaceful, close, and relaxed. Much love to you word-nerds. I'll see you in the New Year.