This time of year takes me back to the days when I was in law school. I remember outlining for hours upon hours at Starbucks in Athens, GA, listening to holiday music in the background and feeling like I could cry. I was so jealous of locals and undergrad students in the Christmas spirit all around me… because I couldn’t permit myself to really get into the spirit of Christmas until my last final was complete. [Side note for those of you who have not attended law school: Undergrad finals are to a 100-dash, what law school finals are to a marathon!]
Fast forward 3 years to when I was practicing law. I got ONE DAY off for Christmas (unless I wanted to eat away at my 2 weeks of vacation), and being at the office in December was like a constant fire drill. Inevitably, clients would set end of the year deadlines, and my team would be burning the midnight oil trying to accomplish the impossible. Still, the situation was an improvement from law school, because on weekends there was at least time for shopping and Christmas parties. But how I longed to do domestic Christmas crafts, listen to holiday music and feel all warm and fuzzy throughout the month of December.
So now that I am my own boss, XM’s Holiday Traditions channel is on 24-7 in my home office, and I take time for the holiday crafts that I used to miss out on! And it is the perfect time of year to take time for this, because December is generally a slow time for photographers in general: would-be clients are all out shopping and partying… and it is too darn cold to be outside shooting anyway.
My first craft of the season was wreath-making. I made these two this week, and now that I’ve got the rosette making down, I think I’ll probably make more. YAY for holidays, crafts and FUN!