With Thanksgiving now behind us, I am finally able to begin looking toward the holiday season. This year it bothered me that Christmas things came out just days after the Halloween things went away. It seemed like there was such a rush on the retail side to push past Thanksgiving and move right on to the season of giving. Sadly, it seems like this season, more than ever, materialism is being pushed down my throat. However, I am rebelling. This year I am consciously making an effort to NOT shop at large retailers. This year on the farm, we plan to make many of our gifts. We want to give those we love a little piece of us to let them know how much they mean to us. Any shopping that we do happen to do will be done at small retailers, on Etsy, or at some of my favorite online shops. There are so many incredible things out there and I want to support the efforts of those doing their best to bring artisan products to us. This holiday season I will be doing a fabulous give-away of items from some of my very favorite shops – shops that you too can visit and do some of your shopping at. I am really excited to share them with you, although I am guessing that you probably are already familiar with a few.
Another thing that I really want to do is find ways to enrich our lives in some way every single day this holiday season. Whether it is baking something with our boys, working on Christmas presents for those we love, or gathering with friends and family to celebrate the season, I plan to be conscious every day to value the moments and embrace the joy of the season. I really want this Christmas to be about the people we love, the food on our table, and the blessings we have. I hope to create some new traditions on the farm that we will enjoy for years to come.
Today I am looking forward to working on some large wreathes for the barn and chicken coop made from greens from the farm and wreath frames made from our grape vines. Christmas music will play, apple cider will simmer on the stove aside turkey stock, and left-overs will be eaten. There really is something wonderful about nestling in with a fire going and working on projects for the holidays that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Corny but alas, so very true.
Happy Holidays to you!