Hello, friends. I'm back from a lovely and restful vacation. We spent a couple of…
If you’re someone who has written a blog for a while (18 years next month!) there are those times when you feel like you have nothing to blog about. Those times when you sit and stare at a blinking cursor, urging your brain to come up with a topic to cover, a tip to share, a story worth telling.
Today is one of those days for me.
So I’ll just say a couple of things. First up: Christmas movies. We’ve got our regulars that we watch every year, with Love Actually and White Christmas at the top of my list. I’ve also been expanding my Christmas movie watching beyond Hallmark to Netflix. The Noel Diary was sweet and Falling for Christmas was better than I expected. Last year’s A Castle Christmas was rather charming. And (unpopular opinion coming right up) I never ever watch It’s A Wonderful Life. Oh, I know it’s a favorite of many, but I think it’s too long and too depressing and the payoff is too short. Plus, it’s a pretty disparaging portrayal of librarians.
Also on my mind, yesterday I delivered Christmas cookie boxes to colleagues and coworkers. Personally, I think all of my cookies and candies are pretty good and my presentation is great and they are received enthusiastically. But. We get things brought to us at work and at home and some just aren’t all that great, if I’m being perfectly honest. And that got me to thinking: what if the people I give my cookies to think mine aren’t all that great? And they just don’t admit it and pretend to be happy about getting them? Imposter syndrome strikes again.
Finally, I am working on letting some things go this holiday season. I had a bit of a panic on Saturday when I realized I couldn’t get medwurst (it’s a Swedish summer sausage) for our traditional open faced sandwiches on Christmas Eve. Our local Swedish market is out of it and there’s none to be had around here. I was pretty disappointed for a bit and then I realized . . . no medwust means I don’t have any reason to bake Swedish rye bread. And that’s a time consuming and stressful project that involves a crimped round loaf pan that bakes 4 loaves at once but you can’t actually see them while they are baking. So I let it go. And that felt pretty good. I also let go of making Chex party mix. These may not seem like big deals but they kind of are (to me) and I’ll be contemplating the lessons involved with this for a while.
And would you look at that? I pulled a blog post off after all.