I really didn't mean to take such a long break from the blog...I've just been busy. Our Etsy shop has continued to enjoy steady sales, and I've been having a great time sewing gifts and baking Christmas cookies. I have to say, sitting at my cozy sewing nook and making a gift is a lot more fun than fighting my way through crowds at the mall!
I hear a lot of people, blogging folks specifically, expressing their desire to simplify their holidays. I can certainly understand this sentiment. Over the past few decades, it seems that the Christmas season has turned from a special time shared with loved ones, to a rather sickening frenzy of commercialism. The flyers that frequently arrive at our doorstep exhorting us to purchase high-definition wide screen tvs and diamond earrings for our loved ones; the displays of festive greenery that go up at the mall the very day after Halloween; the advertisements and sales pitches everywhere we turn, all telling us to BUY BUY BUY...it all gets to be a bit much. No wonder more than a few of us are taking a step back and saying enough is enough. Christmas is not about buying the latest, coolest technology or the biggest diamond or the most gorgeous dress or the most fashionable decorations. At least, it shouldn't be.
Although we're pretty much making all our gifts this year, I know that the kids will receive a lot of generous gifts from other sources, and I feel an urgent need to cleanse the house of excess possessions before the big day. Our house is small and we can't be lax about getting rid of stuff. I feel this way every time the cold winds of December arrive. This is when I enjoy cleaning, even more than in spring time. I have been honestly having a good time the past few days, organizing cupboards and closets, and determining what things will go to Value Village and which will be freecycled. Doing this is not only a practical need, but it helps to bring into focus for me what is really important in our lives and what is not, which seems appropriate at this time of year.
It's so easy to get carried away at Christmas-time, but I'm really trying hard to make sure we don't make our family Christmas about fancy things and presents, or even about lots of activities. Rather, I want our holidays to be about simple fun, good food, and the love we share. And so far this year, with crafting, baking, music, and not shopping, I'm definitely taking more joy out of the holidays than in previous years.
What simple holiday joy are you enjoying right now?