This time of year there are so many activities and expectations pulling us in all directions. It can be difficult to stay focused on what our truest intention for the season is. What is the essence of the season? What feels most true to our heart? What brings light rather than a crazed sense of obligation and need? What memories do we want to pass onto our children?
Each year, I find that our tradition takes hold just a bit more, beginning to carry itself. The boys are older and have seen this season a few times now - reminding me daily how it is supposed to go. My intention for the holiday season is to add a strong sense of rhythm to our lives. To punctuate this winter season. To pause and turn inward - looking at our own darkness even. To look towards the light that is coming. To bring bits of light in. To share the light with our loved ones through simple acts of kindness. To enjoy each other, and to celebrate! Most definitely to celebrate!
I dedicated one day to shopping, though it manifested in a tour of all the local fabric stores, and a rather mild stash upon return. After that, I decided to get clear. Every year I must remind myself what I want to do in this season. I want to tromp through the acres of the tree farm, sipping hot cider, looking for the little tree that wants to be ours. I want to enjoy the company of friends and family. I want to decorate trees, gingerbread houses and wreaths with my boys. I want to hike the hills collecting pine cones. I want to dip beeswax candles with a host of excited children. I want to pause and savor the winter's darkness, and the coming of the light - with each candle. I want to spend this inward season rejuvenating my spirits for the coming of spring when all our energy will surely be needed!
Wishing you the best of this season!