My mom made a huge one of these (after her own pattern) when I was small. Every day my sister, brother and I used to attach another ornament to it until it was completely decorated, just in time for Christmas! My sister and I made smaller ones for ourselves before we left home. The little replica reminds me of my childhood at Christmas.
This week I have a short to-do list that likely resembles everyone elses:
- wrap gifts
- write + mail cards (the International mailings have gone out long ago, of course!)
- produce a batch of christmas treats (apricot lovelies and lebkuchen delights this year, I think)
- get out for walks while it's dry and light out
- tidy the childens' rooms...this is more or less the neverending daily task though...
The anticipation and tidying really is the most lovely part of Christmas...