Instead, one of the gifts I'm giving my simple self this year is the freedom to celebrate. I'm embracing all the joy + wonder...but none of the guilt...at least that's the goal. :) All year we've done the work of recognizing "enough" + feeling the abundance there. We've, to some extent, already broken the chains of consumerism...the lies of capitalism. This season is not about an even trade or money for goods. This season is all about "gift". Undeserved gift from God...giving without expectation of return (even in reaction)...presence over presents...service for the pure joy of it.
I've been inspired by the formulas others impose, but it's ok that I don't have one. I'm not going to overextend myself. There will be candles + clementines + fairy lights + cookies + hot chocolate with whipped cream + festive tunes. We know how to find joy + happy contentment in this simple magic.
I wish I could share the simple gifts that we are giving, but I don't want to spoil any surprises. Thankfully, we have some ideas. I started some pinterest boards months ago + have pinned thoughts along the way (for myself as well...which makes it easy to pick a few to share with those who ask). I will say that I love the thought of a useful luxury...something that I know will be used + used up...but is a little upgrade from the usual. I like the idea of stocking a stash of something someone loves (so that they don't have to spend their own money on it + it feels decadent to have more than enough of a special treat). I also like the idea of an experience to look forward to sharing.
This year, I'm throwing open my heart + mind. I'm shedding the need to perform Christmas. I'm welcoming joy + the sort of abundance that I know feeds our souls. If Black Friday offers me a deal on something that is on my list, I'm gratefully accepting. If we feel like joining in a little holiday bustle, I'll throw on my festive scarf + smile all the way through.
Tons of love,