I was reading through some old blogs this morning, and came across my Christmas Manifesto from five years ago.
And I have to say that five years later, I still stand by it.
This year, I’m continuing my search for simplicity and sustainability. Shopping is done, though I keep having this niggling thought that there’s one more gift I need. The house is decorated…mostly. That mantle still isn’t totally done and it might not ever be. We’ll survive. I have a few plans for baking. Friday night, when Tom and the kids head to Fresno, I’m having a wrapping party with myself. The only big thing left to tackle is cards.
Right now, there’s a Pooh bear as an angel with my Grammy’s Nativity and a Matchbox monster truck near baby Jesus.
I’m going with it.
I never thought I’d call the holidays relaxing, but somehow they are this year. Even with 19 people eating Thanksgiving dinner at our house, it was easy. Christmas seems to be following suit.
And I am taking a deep breath, letting go and enjoying the season.
There will be some hectic days – two Christmas services at two churches in two days – but this is a very good place to be.
Pooh bear angel and all.