'Tis the season of hustle and bustle, of parties and plays, of travel and dinners, of spending and splurging, of utter exhaustion.
Or does it have to be?
For us, life doesn't actually dramatically change over the holidays. We keep our calendars tame, say "no" to opportunities that don't seem life-giving, and sprinkle in just a few holiday events with the people we're closest to. That is just more our speed...
The reality is that Christmas doesn't MAKE us busy. We choose it. And if it leaves you feeling primarily ragged, hangry, sick, and overstimulated, maybe it's time to choose a different-looking Christmas for yourself. Take back the reins of what your ideal holiday could look like! You actually can. Isn't that a freeing thought (yet one we forget so easily, and instead get pulled along in the current just trying not to drown)?
During Advent we mark the season with early dinners by candlelight, later breakfasts by firelight, addressing Christmas cards while sipping cocoa, and plenty of Hallmark Christmas movies at night. It's a slow and quiet season for us. A season of reflection. A season of waiting.
And for us, that's the best kind of Christmas.