This is the time of year when many of us are busier due to holiday events and shopping and we can feel unbalanced. I’ve heard people say they would like to skip it all and escape to a cabin in the woods. Even though I’m a planner, the holidays always seem to sneak up on me every single year. This year I am escaping to a yoga retreat right in the midst of the hectic holidays. It has encouraged me to do some things earlier and let go of some holiday events.
As we see a small trend toward less consumerism it helps us remember what the holidays really mean to us. During the year and now going to more events that benefit a charity is meaningful to me. I now have more appreciation for gifts of food and homemade gifts. I used to get irritated with the music and decorations starting before Thanksgiving. This year I decided to enjoy all parts of Christmas for six weeks.
I never feel the task of decorating is a chore as 90% of my decorations are from my grandmother and other family and friends. I’m grateful for the time these people have been in my life with every decoration I put up. I imagine my grandmothers sparkly aluminum Christmas tree. I thought it was one of the coolest things ever when I was a kid. I also still enjoy receiving and writing notes on paper cards. The last few years I’ve made it a point to call at least one of the people who mean so much to me (where we now only communicate once a year through our Christmas cards). However you spend your holidays or don’t spend them, I hope you have a fabulous December!