You've heard of the expression “Christmas in July.” I celebrate Christmas in July, August, and pretty much the whole six months leading up to Christmas. Hobby Lobby hauls in their Christmas supplies in the summer about the same time I start hauling out my pencils and paints for all my Christmas crafts. All the paintings, cards, and gifts I make necessitate this early preparation date (that sounds like a line from a Christmas song). I draw more for Christmas than any other season.
I try to work on the least Christmasy Christmas stuff first because I like to save the most Christmasy artwork till November and all the decorations hypnotize my mood into the winter jollity. Plus, I make it a rule that I can't listen to my Christmas playlist until the very end of October, and I like to listen to Christmas music while I'm drawing Christmas cards. Up until then, I listen to Frozen music while I'm card-creating (which is sort of Christmasy, at least wintery anyway).
Sometimes my Christmas card ideas come super early. I've been known to come up with Christmas card ideas a whole year in advance (sometimes more). I have two friends whose cards I have planned already for the next two Christmases!
How soon do you start your Christmas crafts?
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