Over the past few years, I don't know when it started, but I began to feel a shift in how I approach the Holidays (which really means, 'Holy Days'). I used to make every effort to try and get all my handmade cards and extensive Christmas letter out not long after Thanksgiving. Certainly by mid-December. I'd shop for all my nieces and nephews and their parents and I'd start a few months before so that I would have most of it done by December. When I was in my 20's and early 30's, a lot of things were hand made. Oh, my! To have that kind of energy again...
But, it IS wearisome, all that shopping, card and gift giving, baking for friends and neighbors. By the time Christmas Day arrives (in spite of all the long range planning), I, like so many others are weary from the process. All my intentions of reflecting during the Advent Season never happened. So much for good intentions in trying to stay connected to the spirit of the season. So, a few years ago, I applied my 'babies won't die if' perspective to my approach to the season. I pared down my card list. It's only a third of what it used to be. I shop for very few and, in fact, I turned into a complete rebel at not making it a point to get things in the mail so that they arrived by Christmas Day. After all, there ARE twelve Days of Christmas and they start on Christmas Day. So, that is now my approach. Get it done when it gets done. I have until the 12th Day of Christmas and even if I go past it, babies won't die, will they?
In the meantime, I now find time to start each day with reading and reflecting of the upcoming celebration. I feel as though I've shifted gears on what I invest my time in. How did we ever let it get so out of control, so super-sized? So secular? We did. I now find myself trying to recover the sacred aspects instead.
I will say that I enjoy having Christmas dinner at home. I enjoy making the meal, making it special with all the planning and shopping that goes with it. I enjoy inviting a few friends to join us as we spend a lovely evening together. I do make it a point to keep the crowd small so that it is manageable for me. The guest list is never the same from year to year. Here's my menu (the drink list is a selection-we don't all plan on drinking every single one!):
|Dinner at the Scott's House 2013|
Even though this is the darkest day of the year, know too, that it is the turnaround point where the days will now start to get longer. Whatever it is that you find yourself doing, I hope this season of light is meaningful to you. I hope that it is special. I hope that it does feel different than the rest of the 364 days of the year. Even if you've been recently faced with incredible challenges, I hope that you can find that silver lining in the cloud and keep your eyes on it. I'll be thinking of each of you and hoping that this season of light fills your hearts and your homes.
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