All who know me well, are aware of how crazed I often feel right now: the middle of December. Chanukah, Solstice, Christmas, two birthdays, an anniversary of sorts... lots of celebrating to be had. Lots to do. Lots to plan. Ever since my head-clearing walk last week, I've been making different choices each day. Wednesday was a perfect example. An early morning snow storm delayed school from opening on time. Instead of stressing about harsh driving conditions, missed work opportunities, and the myriad of other thoughts that could have raced through my head... I made a choice. Hooky (skipping school). My children and I spent the day, listening to holiday music, hanging snowflakes, baking cookies, and playing in the snow. Slow-down time. No agenda. No rushing. Enjoying what this season is about. Together time. Cozy time. I have a big baking day coming up, but these cookies were for us. Just us. My children and I reveled in our unhurried day.
I share this with you, because I know you're busy, too and I feel like I've stumbled upon some secret. A solution of sorts. Slowing down and eliminating anything unnecessary this month, is allowing me to embrace the beauty of the season with so much more peace than I have previously. It seems counterintuitive, when there is so much to make, do, see and attend. But I will continue to make choices of less, rather than more and I encourage you to give this a try, as well.
And in the theme of less is more and my big baking day... I'm working on a wonderful packaging tutorial that allows me to use what's on hand, rather than going out to a crowded store. It's coming up!
Deep breaths and peace to you all...