Runty, who does not like music, was somewhat freaked out by the fact that I wanted to listen to bagpipe music while I wrapped. I only made her suffer through my bagpipe CD twice and then I took pity on her and changed it to strings instead. I hope she appreciates the fact that I didn't sing too. She puts her ears back every time I sing within her ear-shot.
I even tried to do a really nice, neat job of wrapping. My packages are usually the worst wrapped in the house. They probably still are, but at least I really actually put a little effort into this year. (I mean the neatness, not the slap-dash.)
I guess, since we're planning on doing our "family" Christmas on Epiphany this year that I didn't have to do it today, but it's kind of nice not to have to move stuff in order to get into my side of the closet......
But about the move of our in-house festivities...we found out Sunday that my aunt, who lives north of us, is coming down for part of Christmas Eve and over night into Christmas day. It will be more convenient and less rushed and all this way.
About the time I got done with my wrapping, I began to notice the 'burn' in my stomach. It's been kicking up a little bit recently away, but it really began to hurt. A little food helped some...but I couldn't help but thinking about last Christmas and how miserable I was (physically; it was actually a pretty good day regardless) and hoping that I wasn't on the verge of a repeat. While I still don't feel wonderful in the tummy area, the ice-pick man has let up quite a lot.
I'm feeling a bit lost in the week because I spent both Monday and Tuesday afternoons Christmas shopping with Katherine and Mom respectively. I can't help laughing a little bit at the fact that I went to find Christmas gifts for my sisters and I came home with two hats for myself amongst the loot. My hat collection is a little smaller than the other girls and since I'm now going to a church that covers (I mean the women all do), I'm now wearing a hat weekly instead of just on a whim whenever I feel like it. It isn't really a problem for me except when I forget and put my hair up too high. :D
My biggest "grump" this year is that I haven't anything for Grandma. She handed me a skirt a while back and told me that if I wanted to get her something for Christmas she'd take another skirt like it. It would be really, really easy to make and I was planning on it and just never got to it. I guess, if I could land my hands on a piece of material I could still get it done...despite that fact that Grandma has far too many clothes anyway (which of us doesn't!) But it's a nice easy skirt...and it would be easy for her to put on and all....and I really would like to give her something this year. You do know that I'm pretty awful about getting people things until the last minute and all, don't you? I tell myself every year that I will do better "next year" but it doesn't seem to help.
Oh well...Merry Christmas, you all!
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.