There seems to be this pattern where I get sick right before Christmas. This is my third or fourth year in a row. What’s that about? The easy answer is stress, of course, but the regularity of it makes me wonder. Do I feel like I have to be sick to lay on the couch for two weeks? Or is it just an annual purging of the old to make room for the new? I haven’t figured it out yet, but I suspect that it’s not simply a coincidence. You may have noticed by now that I’m not a big believer in coincidence in general.
Meanwhile, though, I’m keeping the decorations simple this year. Last year in the bedroom I made new pillows and hung decorations. I had ideas for more this year, but what ended up being enough was to just use the same pillows on as last year. But I still think it looks festive, and it gives me a happy Christmas feeling when I come into our room each day.
I wrote that post on Thanksgiving, reminding myself that simple is good enough, that our holiday would be special even if I didn’t do All The Things. But apparently I still need reminding. This room is a great lesson for me. It’s not perfect, and it’s not “done” but it still makes me smile and remember the season every day. Mission accomplished.
As we move closer and closer to the new year, I’d like to continue to move toward a life where I can lovingly, with spaciousness and grace, make something for my home because it nourishes me to do so, and not because I am frantically trying to compensate for lack of one kind or another.
So, yes. I’m still working on it.
How are you doing? Feeling frantic and rushed? Or enjoying it as it happens?