I was talking with one of my sisters in law. We were discussing (via email) Christmas, and what the kids want, and what we should do for the parents. (We're married to brothers, and there are 3 sisters in the family as well - husband is one of five kids). She threw out a "what do you think about maybe, possibly not exchanging gifts among the girls in the family?" (We 5 girls (sisters in law) have always exchanged a little something at Christmas - the boys don't). She was wondering about doing it next year, but I came back with why not instigate it this year? Let's keep it to the kids - and a little something for the parents, but we can easily ignore this generation. She was surprised because she thought I would want to keep it on, as i always knit or craft something for each of them, and she knows how long that takes. No problem! I can reassign those scarves and necklaces to others on my list, quite easily.
What this changes is my new found increase in time. I've now got several gifts (ruffled scarves and semi precious gemstone necklaces) that can be given to people, and the time I has sort of allocated to making things for them has now become mine!
So all of a sudden, sewing and knitting for myself gets to take centre stage in December! It's been a long time since I've had that luxury, and I'm unsure what to do with it! I have grandiose plans for sweaters and suits, and a whole slew of new pajama pants, all for me!