We find ourselves in the midst of my favorite season of the year and yet this year, it is different. This year I feel so much more present in the season itself, and am really embracing the quiet magic that is Christmas. Instead of getting wrapped up in the hectic shopping and commercial aspects of it this year, we are really focusing on the things that create life-long memories. We have been exploring our property and the woods near our house and bringing in greenery that we have found to decorate. The smell of something sweet baking in the oven has become a regular occurrence and we get excited planning what we shall bake next. We talk of goodies we can make for those we love, packaged in boxes and wrapped with twine. We snuggle more, slow down our busy days in favor of lounging and playing legos. We read more.
This year we are keeping Christmas simple. Gifts will be special but there will be less of them. Our time will be focused on baking, enjoying each other’s company, and eating good meals. We see the value in making memories and plan to do much of that over the next few weeks.
At times I find that I am in need of inspiration when it comes to looking outside our regular holiday routine. I don’t have to look far~
This post by my dear friend Mel completely captures my feeling of Christmas magic
I plan to try making egg nog this year
I’m already dreaming of this peppermint bark
Wouldn’t these be a great gift?
And really? Chai tea shortbread???
In light of recent events I find myself holding my children closer, stopping to just look at them and wanting to treasure every single moment. I seem to appreciate them in a way I had taken for granted and want to stop time to just take it all in. My heart has been hurting and I want to do something. I don’t know what it is specifically but I do know that I want to go forward with more kindness and compassion. I want to make a change in honor of those innocent souls who were taken too soon.
Random acts of kindness- consider it, in tribute~