Joy of being HOME
Holidays are about family, making gifts, food, and light.
Just a few things I found myself pondering today.
Packing, loading, unloading, unpacking, organizing, working, planning, cleaning….pause. Time to take a deep breath. Time to celebrate with family. December is passing and a new year approaches.
The expectations of this time of year can truly bring us to our knees. We expect so much of ourselves, don’t we? I know I do. But I realize that the best gift I can give to myself and my family is the gift of simplicity. Slowing down, feeling peaceful and content and loving. These are my simple desires for the holidays this year.
In the past I have tried to give homemade items to family. But there was no time for personalized gift making this year. So I decided to make a batch of peppermint soap (my first). While the girls were not permitted to help with the making (as a precaution with my first time working with lye), everyone helped cut and shape the soap bars after drying. Sita and I made a batch of peppermint lip balm, perhaps beginning a new family tradition. All the women in my life will receive this simple gift this year. So easy, really. And so satisfying to share.
As for the men in my life, well they will be receiving the gift of food, as I prepare some of their favorites.
I have avoided crowded shopping places for the last several weeks, and yet somehow I can still feel the frenzy building as we approach Christmas. I have no television and so I see none of the advertisements encouraging me to “hurry while supplies last!” The chaos still permeates somehow, as though it has become part of our collective consciousness. I worry that my children, husband, and family will feel let down that their gifts are so few this year. But the high that comes with new things never lasts long anyway. The best I can do is create memories that will last longer than the gifts. And I realized today that new traditions can start anytime.
What are your favorite holiday traditions?
Happy Memory Making,