Grace and Space through Celebrations

Thanksgiving 2015

As the holiday season approaches, I am filled with satisfaction of our family rituals. Set in place through years of trials and triumphs, we honor the days, the holidays, the family-togetherness which we’ve come to expect in the everyday as well as the extraordinary. I am reminded of our search for minimalism in a very materialistic world when the fall season rolls in with the annual Pacific Northwest rains {though snow delighted us early this year!}. Planning for a wonderful season, I allow our schedule to have more margin, open for writing, crafting, reading, and enjoying time together. Granting not only ourselves, but family, friends, and those we encounter in our daily activities the space and grace to just….be.

A reminder just came into my inbox from one of my favorite lifestyle bloggers….

Christmas 2016

Lovely as always, Ginny Sheller – author of Small Things – speaks to my heart. She shares the most wonderful vignettes, through images and words, on her lovely blog – Thank you! My boys, much like hers, were slow to open gifts when they were young {and, truth be told, still are!}. They delighted in every single thing: from the wrapping, to the packaging, to the gift itself. They’d want to open each gift and explore it fully before moving on. More gifts are oftentimes just that: more, not adding value to the receiver.

For years we’ve tried to focus on each child, making the day a celebration of them. We oftentimes opt for saving time and money additional gifts would incur in deference to deposits into savings accounts, deposits into filling love tanks. Time spent together through glad experiences will give lasting memories much further reaching than most gifts could provide {except timeless treasures, like Slush, and unexpected life-long friend}. Our most recent birthday celebration of a day at the zoo is indicative of how we enjoy our birthdays together.

In preparation for this holiday season, there are certainly gifts to be bought, cards to be sent, celebrations to attend, but don’t forget to refill your own tank. Start now thinking about what fills you up during the holidays, what drags you down, and how you can make this the best year ever. Do your things serve you, or do you serve your things?

For me? I’m focusing on ending 2017 with the intention I began with our family word of the year: Clean. While I’m encouraging my boys to finish their Christmas Wish lists earlier than our Thanksgiving traditional deadline. We’ll be reviewing games and toys as our hours huddled inside together increase, but with the season quickly approaching, I’d be remiss if I didn’t encourage you to be mindful of crafting the kind of season you want to enjoy.

It begins with intention.


How are you crafting and planning this season?

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