wmtc winter break goes low-tech

Every year I seem to break the holiest commandment of the holiday season: I'm not busy. I always hear how "everyone is so busy this time of year" and "this is such a crazy time of year, you can't get anything done," but that never reflects my experience.

We don't travel to see family, we have no extra social events, and we don't do Christmas shopping. Many years ago, we used to send a huge pile of winter-holiday cards, but we've gone digital with that, and we don't do it every year.

So Christmas is an extra day off, and here in the Commonwealth, we have Boxing Day, too. Two days off with nothing to do and no obligations. A strange scheduling glitch at the library gave me four days off in a row, which I am thoroughly enjoying. I'm reading, doing things around the house, and we're taking that final move-in step that never got done: hanging pictures.

And one more thing! Here's something else I'm doing with my un-Christmas winter holiday.

A few years ago, a Joy of Sox friend was cleaning out closets, and asked if anyone wanted some Sox-related jigsaw puzzles. I used to love puzzles, and hadn't done any since my days as a nanny in the mid-1980s. She sent them to me, but in our old house (pre-flood), we didn't have a spare table and didn't have the space. Where we live now, we have plenty of room to set up a card table, and my winter break gives me the perfect excuse.

The puzzle pictured above ended up like this.

After a brief period of admiration, this took its place.

So far it looks like this. The challenge of field and sky remains!

I find jigsaw puzzles very relaxing, and so addictive! When I was growing up, we often had a puzzle laid out on the dining room table. We would work on it together, or anyone who walked by would try to get a few pieces in. When I said this in a Joy of Sox gamethread, many people had similar memories.

Making these puzzles is also great for listening to music, for which I never have enough time. The little table I'm working on is beside our huge collection of LPs. Jigsaw puzzle plus vinyl, how low-tech can you go?


Amy said...

It's so funny. I have not thought about jigsaw puzzles in many years. We have been staying at an inn in VT the last two days, and one guest has been working on a 1000 piece puzzle the whole time. It made me want to do one myself!

I am more a word puzzle person, but I used to enjoy jigsaw puzzles also.
And a Red Sox puzzle! Wow!

Enjoy and enjoy your extra days off. I've never understood Boxing Day, but any excuse for a day off is fine with me.

laura k said...

Here's what I understand about Boxing Day: people who live in a Commonwealth country get two days off for Christmas. It's nice!

What a funny concidence about the puzzle! What's it a picture of?

I want to get puzzles of great works of art that I love. I saw them in all the museum gift shops in Spain... should have gotten a couple.

Amy said...

It was a picture of a barn and countryside with a LOT of red, from what I could see. I didn't know him so didn't want to hover too closely.

I like the great works of art idea. It would be fun to focus on the finer details of a painting that way.

So is it true that they call it Boxing day because people get rid of all their boxes? That seems far too 20th century to be true. Also, I've heard that's when people put their Christmas decorations away in boxes. That sure wouldn't work around here where trees and wreaths and lights seem to stay on at least through Jan 1 and usually much, much longer.

I realize that neither applies to you, but thought perhaps you might now from your fellow Canadians.

laura k said...

Absolutely not true. I've never even heard that theory of getting rid of boxes.

Some think the name dates back to an alms box in a church, which was emptied the day after Christmas. There are other theories, too. The name was used as far back as medieval times.

Traditionally Christmas decorations are put away after January 8, which is Epiphany. No one who goes to all the trouble of Christmas decorations puts them away on December 26.

Amy said...

LOL! I guess I shouldn't have believed what I was told in the Bahamas years ago when we were there for Christmas and Boxing Day and were a bit frustrated that we couldn't buy any food because all the grocery stores were closed.