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I am getting really tempted to declare a holiday moratorium this year. Actually, what I really need to do is figure out a way to have good conversations with others about how to have a good, meaningful holiday season without too much running around and flapping of arms and such. It's too tempting to let things snowball - first, I made pecan brittle and baked cookies to send off to people, then I drew cards to send with the treats. That was an involved project. The trouble is, now I'm revisiting a slightly larger list of people who are deserving of some sort of Seasons Greetings, but I just can't nail down the time and mental space to engage in further Seasons Greetings.

I just don't want to do Bulk Seasons Greetings, is the thing. I want to draw pictures of ants and go on bike rides. And make progress on these manuscripts that are lurking in the shadows.

Plus, there's the added stress of a thing I was hoping to mostly avoid - compressed family time right after Christmas, for the sake of my grandpa's funeral. It's the right thing, to be there, but it overwhelms.


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Dec. 23rd, 2014 07:25 pm (UTC)
I let holiday things super-slide this year, as I begin establishing new traditions in my home. I wondered for a while if people's feelings would be hurt, and then I realized they would get over it. I've also begun reprioritizing around the idea that many things are only good in so far as you enjoy them- that one does not give genuine joy to other people by completely surrendering/sacrificing ones own desires. That genuine joy arises from joy, not obligation.
Dec. 23rd, 2014 08:09 pm (UTC)
I found some lovely reading material that also offers encouragement, including the brilliant use of this quotation: 'as Coco Chanel said, “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” '


I think I'm going to pack drawing supplies for the Seattle trip.
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