When I first started thinking about writing a Christmas post it was October and the leaves were only just beginning to change colour here in Wales. Where did the last two months go? In fact how did the last nine months disappear just like that?! Everything seems quite surreal, particularly now, with Christmas fast approaching, and realising it will be a very different one from anything we have known before.
This year has been a challenge for us all, and while our plans for Christmas and winter holidays might well look very different, we should all remember the real meaning of this season.
It is time for family traditions, story telling, cosy time spend together and miracles. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, you may want to use this time for quiet reflection on the things that are important to you.
Even though we seem to live in a permanent state of uncertainty, worry and anxiety at the moment, we shouldn’t forget to press pause, evaluate and recalibrate.
Of course for many this will not be the most wonderful time of year. When most of us are thinking about gift buying, there will be many who are simply hoping to have a roof over their heads and a hot meal to eat on a daily basis.
For many years now I have not sent Christmas cards, but instead made a donation to a chosen charity. This year I have chosen to take it a step further by having a charity pattern sale via my Payhip Shop.
I first published the Simple Mittens Pattern (above) in December 2010, shortly after I started my blog. Now, on its 10th anniversary, this simple Mitten pattern has had a spruce up just in time for Winter. The pattern is perfect for all knitters and can easily be achieved by beginners.
***** CHARITY PATTERN SALE *****
From today until the end of December, if you purchase one of my patterns via my Payhip Shop, you will receive the Simple Mittens pattern for FREE (usually £4.00). A code for the mittens will pop up as soon as you add a pattern to your cart.
50% from all pattern sales between today and 31st December will be donated to Shelter – the housing and homelessness charity.
Thanking you with all my heart, I hope you will join me in making Christmas a little better for some of the less fortunate in our midst.