Christmas Spirit



I was supposed to write a post today. I know that because that’s what I do. I write posts. And just so we’re clear, today isn’t actually today, but yesterday.

You see, I write my posts at a bare minimum of a day in advance. Sometimes even a week in advance depending on how involved the post is. Today’s post, which is Tuesday’s post is actually written by me on Monday. But I thought I’d get a jump start on it tonight. Which happens to actually be last Saturday night.


Good. That’s what I’m here for.

The point is, it’s Saturday night, I’ve just arrived home from a Christmas party at my sister’s house and instead of going to bed I’ve decided I’d better try and get next Tuesday’s post written because I think I might be busy on Monday, which is the day I would normally write today’s (Tuesday’s) post.

As I sat down to start writing the post (on how to make a certain type of Gingerbread man), I realized I wasn’t going to do a very good job of it. Mainly because I don’t feel like writing a post. I just got home from a party for God’s sake, it’s 1:00 in the morning and I’m COMPLETELY full of Ruffles and dip and shrimp cocktail. Plus there’s a book upstairs calling my name. My book calls me Sweet Pea. I like that. I think it’s cute.

So, after some consideration I decided I just couldn’t write a post tonight and I’d have to write it on Monday. I’d have to forget about doing what I was hoping to do on Monday (which is yesterday to you, but not for 2 days yet while I write this).

But I can’t. I can’t put off what I wanted to do on Monday because it’s … well … it’s just more important than writing a post.

I have a friend who I’d really like to do a favour for. Something that will make her happy and she happens to be in need of a little happy right now.

I went back and forth on whether or not to do this Christmas surprise favour, because of work. I didn’t want to miss a day’s work. I didn’t want to disappoint everyone who was expecting a post from me.

And then I snapped out of it. This is what Christmas is all about. As much as I love it all, Christmas isn’t about Gingerbread Men or Salted Christmas trees or making the perfect wreath.

It’s about helping people. Making them smile. Doing what you can, whatever that may be.

Most days my goal is to make thousands of you smile. Today, my goal is to get a smile out of only one.




  1. Christie says:

    You are simply the damn cutest.

  2. Jasmine says:

    Well, I’m doubly confused, and totally out of whack because I didn’t read this post until Wednesday. So the whole reading the post written two days ago for Tuesday, was now written three days ago and…
    That was a lovely post, you have a lucky friend. Warm wishes to you and yours, you give so much joy throughout the year!

  3. Carole McGinnis says:

    What a “beautiful” post today (that was written on early on Sunday morning that was supposed to be written on Monday for Tuesday – ha!). We get so tied up in all the decorating, present buying and so forth that we forget the true meaning of the holidays. Merry Christmas to you – I am so thankful for you and your blog – know that it has brought me so many laughs and wonderful ideas. I read each one and all of the comments too.

  4. Amanda Watkins says:

    EXACTLY!! Well said, and thanks for saying it.
    My posts & blogging have been neglected in Nov. & Dec.. mainly because we had three sons’ birthdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.. Tis the season for family togetherness, greetings to friends, making memories & smiles.

  5. Leslie says:

    I think someone is going to Saint you one day. Maybe I will. But I’m agnostic, so I don’t think I can saint anyone. You’ll always be one of the coolest humans to me anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. andrea meyers says:

    wow. talk about drunk blogging, lol. you said ruffles in the tummy, I am wondering if you perhaps drink and then babble? you are SUCH a great read!

    • Karen says:

      Andrea – Sadly I don’t drink. I say sadly because I’ve always thought people looked like they were having so much fun when they were drinking. Until they throw up anyway. I never developed any sort of tolerance for it. It’s kind of a shame. If I drank I’d be *really* funny. ~ k!

      • Andrea Meyers says:

        Too funny, I too am the girl, where people ask “what did you have to drink”, and sadly, I am too much of a control freak to drink. An occassional glass of wine really. I love and appreciate your blog SO much, hope you’re making millions on it! Worth every penny.

  7. Sharon Y says:

    Best post. Nicely done, in your witty way.

  8. Lindsay says:

    Happy to hear those with the true spirit of Christmas. God bless!

  9. Denise Leavens says:

    Bless your ever-lovin’ heart, sweetie!

  10. rktrixy says:

    That’s the stuff. That isn’t about stuff – it’s about the happy, and giving a friend or loved one all the happy they can stand. Keep it up! And thanks for putting it into words.

  11. Marion says:

    I hope you made your friend smile!

  12. Anna Starner says:

    I love your they always make me smile:)

  13. Linda says:

    do tell? I hope we hear about the Fella’s Christmas surprise???!!!!
    Thank You Karen about the reminder…about family and friends….I found out this morning my mother had a stroke, she will be fine, but frightening non the less.
    Your friend is lucky to have you. I’m sending special thoughts out to the Universe to spread Peace, Love and Happiness to everyone.
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Everyone!

  14. Chris says:

    I was reminded of the name of your blog after reading your post today. Great Art should inspire and entertain but the artist is not responsible for those who witness their greatness. Have a little Merry Merry this Christmas! Replenish your creative soul with those you love and who love you and your fans will be rewarded later.

  15. Barbie says:

    MY sentiments exactly! Go be with your friend! Blessings on you!

  16. Jane Price says:

    You did it!!! Still smiling here………….

  17. qtpuh2tme says:

    I just bet you’ll be able to help your friend make some new happy. Good on ya ,mate! ~:)

  18. says:

    A very lovely unpost that reminds us of some other reasons for Christmas cheer. Thanks, Karen.

  19. Ruth says:

    Great advice! Happy Holidays to you and yours.
    (I didn’t smile, but I did laugh out really loud) ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. Jake says:

    “I just got home from a party for Godโ€™s sake, itโ€™s 1:00 in the morning and Iโ€™m COMPLETELY full of Ruffles and dip and shrimp cocktail” me thinks it was not just the food you’re full of, go make your friend smile, if anyone can you can. Ho! Ho! Ho!

  21. Sarah ATD says:

    Great idea Karen! I definitely support missing a post to bring a little joy to someone. I think my goal for today (Tuesday) will be to make someone’s day. Thanks for the smile!

  22. Patti says:

    I love that you wrote a HUGE post on how you weren`t going to write a post! You’re so thoughtful and loyal to us, even if you feel like you’re slacking off, you never are!

    I’m glad you’re spreading good will towards men and all that jazz. That’s fantastic! I know your friend will appreciate your thoughtfulness and loyalty, also!

  23. Tanya Womack says:

    Ha oh my. I should have got off the internet 10 minutes ago. I thought, hey, Ill see if Karen posted something… thanks for kicking my butt into gear for the day!

  24. Fawn says:

    Love it. Happy Holidays to you!

  25. Ann says:

    Your post was a great way to start today. I am off to finish knitting the most fabulous cabled hooded scarf for my dear old sweet 85 year old stepmother and then I still have to finish the socks for my Brother in law. This year gifts were small but home made and full of love.

  26. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Yes indeed Miss Karen..You have made us all smile by not writing this post..I hope your friend appreciates you as much as we do..(warm & fuzzy feelings here)..

  27. Cathy says:

    A Wonderful Message about the Art of Doing Some Really Good Stuff. Thank you, Karen!

  28. Brenda J. M says:

    Good on ya, Karen!
    I’m back to creating a necklace for a 12yr old I ordered a wonderful handmade guitar pick for (from a Toronto artist), for Christmas and a quilt for a 3yr old that now has the addition of Disney Princesses on it, as I didn’t get it done as a Christening gift for with just Angels two years ago. If I hold off on it any longer….it will be a wedding gift and I have NO IDEA how to seque to that one! Do I have smiles to create…hell yea.

  29. Deb says:

    THAT…. is the SPIRIT Karen. Doing something meaningful for someone you love…or a complete stranger. It doesn’t matter. It will fill your day with JOY….BOTH of you!

  30. Maggie V says:

    Karen your post helps many people whether you believe that or not. Sometimes folks laugh their heads off, some may weep but mostly not, some get ideas that they can put to good use for family, friends or just themselves. They get to read about you and the fella and that in itself is hilarious. We hear about your family. You teach us how to manage time eg: menu planning etc etc. You know you have a huge following so you are doing a lot of good for a lot of people. Keep up the good work Karen and I wish you, the Fella and all the rest of your family a very Merry and Blessed Christmas and may your New Year be filled with much health and promise.

  31. Judy says:

    This is why we love you, Karen! Your friend is very lucky to have you. We just wish we knew how to send the love and laughter you share with us back to you.

    Happy Holidays to you…and Thanks!

  32. Jody says:

    You’re the best. Send my best onto your friend.

  33. Rebecca says:

    Thank you Karen. I smiled from my heart instead of my belly today. Merry Christmas! Keep spreading happiness.

  34. Natika33 says:

    You are inspiring in so many ways Karen! I hope you got the smile you were looking for. I don’t know who you’re friend is, but I’ll try thinking positive thoughts in her direction too. Merry Christmas!

  35. Fella says:


    I’m confused by Tuesdays post. Is Tuesdays post the one I proofread on Sunday?

    ps I can’t wait for my Christmas surprise! I like track pants and or candy.


    • Janet says:

      Is this what I need to do to get what I actually need/want for Christmas? Dang, my hubby doesn’t have a blog, I don’t have a blog, oh well, no use stressing about the near impossible. Time to go do something nice for someone…BTW, Fella…did you know your sweetpea calls you “book”?…You both crack me up! Merry Christmas!

  36. eliseholden says:


    Thank you for the smile.

    May your days be Merry & Bright,

  37. Vere says:

    I love this post! sometimes we get so wrapped up on cooking the perfect dinner, baking the perfect cookies, etc. that we forget what is really important, spending time with the people we love. btw, books call me, too, but for some reason, they call me meatball, what’s up with that?

  38. Auntiepatch says:

    You’re such an inspiration – thanks –

  39. Raymonde says:

    Karen, you did write a post, a very touching post about the true meaning of Christmas. We all know someone who needs a little bit of happy, thank you for reminding us that we can DIY some of that also!

  40. Books don’t call me. But I swear I hear cake and pie clamoring for my attention constantly at the grocery store. And heaven help me if they make it to my fridge. I swear they get so loud in the middle of the night, I have to eat them just to put them out of their misery. Pitiful, ain’t it?

  41. Mike says:

    Well, I still smiled.

  42. Carla Barnes says:

    Love you, Karen. Thanks for shining your light!

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