It's starting to be that time of year when visions of felt garlands, origami stars and sugar plums dance through my head. You guys read that book too, right? Or maybe it's just me that thinks too much about these things as soon as American Thanksgiving (or ok, earlier) is over. It's so dark here though that any brightening up is very welcome. Plus, scrolling through Pinterest with glazed over eyes seems to be a great way to procrastinate studying for my Danish exams. This year I'd like to keep things really simple for Christmas. I got carried away last year and our tiny place looked like a Twin Peaks Christmas shop exploded in it. I'm also finding that every year the commercialism of Christmas gets to me a little more. It's something I struggle with a lot anyway - I look at and make pretty things all day. While I definitely recognize the value of art, it's also far from saving lives. Lately I've been feeling the need to do more good, and I'd really like to start this Christmas. I usually get overwhelmed by all the places/people that need help, but even small steps have to be better than doing nothing. Handmade gifts, recycled decorations, volunteering at local shelters and donating to charities (I know this is a complex one) are the kinds of things on my Christmas list this year. Do you guys have any good ideas for ways to give back a little?
All pictures from my Pinterest