giving PRESENCE this Christmas

I intentionally didn't start out my post yesterday with an apology because I wanted to get right into the strangeness of my gym encounter. Today, I want to post an ENORMOUS slideshow to give you an idea of what the last two weeks have been full of: PRESENCE. Awhile ago, I posted a video from Advent Conspiracy that challenges people to give more meaningful gifts of time and hand-crafted gifts rather than breaking the bank. Here it is again, if you missed it:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVqqj1v-ZBU]

I haven't quite felt up to pounding out life at the keyboard because there's been a LOT of presence-making! I finally got my handmade gifts off to the States, via someone's suitcase and now I'm working on finishing up the ones I still need to deliver here. There's A LOT of baking going on, to be sure. It could be granola, sugar cut-out cookies, pumpkin cake, or a number of other things... but there's ALWAYS something to do in the kitchen this time of year.

Well, enjoy this slideshow. I hope it lets you peek in and kind of sit with me as I go about being present this Christmas.

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