There’s a reason I made last week a week of Things That Are Soothing: I left the house yesterday and came home thirteen hours later. It’s Christmas! It’s Christmas in retail! There are parties to attend! Parties to plan! Presents to wrap! Booze to stockpile against the coming Canadian cold front! You get the picture.

I have sewing projects planned for my winter vacation between Christmas and New Year’s (bless you, winter vacation) and I’m knitting when I can, but there’s not much to show for this week.

I don’t want to complain too much, though, because as frantic as Christmas can get, we can’t forget what it’s all about: The night when we get presents.