Saturday, November 28, 2009

Season's Greetings

(click above to take the handmade pledge)

I feel like I am on a speeding night train which is going so fast to its destination that I scarcely have time to look at the scenery as it passes. And when I try to look out, all I see is darkness.

Thanksgiving gone already! The only thing between right now and Christmas is our birthdays and about 600 hours. I have hardly been able to appreciate the season. Busy busy busy, bustle bustle, bustle, cook cook cook...and whoooosh! It will all be over.

I have finished 5 of the 10 items that I am making as Christmas gifts. I hope you are faring well on all your preparations, and I hope you took the (at least 2/3) Handmade Pledge with me this year.

In addition, I hope you remember that it is not about commercialism, shopping till all hours, outdoing the next person, or even about receiving at all. It is about giving. It is about caring and family and friends and spreading happiness. For Christians, it is about celebrating the birth of Jesus. The history of Christmas is varied, and our modern version of the holiday encompasses several origins meshed into the current mode of observation and celebration. Personally, I like Washington Irving's idea that: "Christmas should be a peaceful, warm-hearted holiday bringing groups together across lines of wealth or social status." (source)So, I am going to bundle up and visit our beautiful small town where I can eat warm chestnuts on the street and enjoy a carriage ride with my family. I am going to stroll slowly down the main street and admire the twinkling white lights. I am going to sip warm cider and coffee and mulled wine. I am going to try to slow the clock with my will, and to travel backward in my mind to a time when I believed in limitless possibility.

Travel there with me
and have a beautiful holiday.

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