I've never really been good at recording the holidays. When things get busy, my camera collects dust on the top of my dresser as I dive in to get things done. So while there is a whole lot of magic making going on in these parts…. I have not one photo of "proof" to share with you. I know there's more of you out there like me. I blame part of it on my introvert self…… if I can subtract anything from the chaos, I do. Camera (though I love her) is often the first to go. Laundry is second. Camera is less messy when I ignore her than laundry. The other reason though…. is when magic is happening I want to be in it. I don't feel in it behind a lens…. I miss what happens in the peripheral… I worry about lighting & aperture. Pictures are good…. but life is better. You know?
And while I hoped to get here & hang out with you a little more the last few weeks….. who was I kidding? I'm guessing you're pretty busy too. So I thought we could just make a date to meet up in the new year, after the holiday bustle clears. We'll make something crafty together. Or talk about food. Or the kids.
Which reminds me…. go get caught up in the magic. Don't even try getting all that stuff on your to-do list crossed off. No one cares if you dusted the cobwebs before Great Aunt so-and-so comes for dinner, or if you made eight different Christmas cookies. Sit in front of some twinkly lights and read with your kiddos…. or sip some cocoa by the fire with your sweet man. Go for a walk after dark and admire the lights or quiet of winter or snow crunching under your boots if you're really lucky….. do nothing. Which is really everything.
Before I go, I have one more little thing I want to share with you. It's a snippet from this year's holiday newsletter, a tiny piece of the toast my brother-in-law gave to his daughter on her wedding day this September. He was talking about being married and raising a family. It was so poignant for our life this year, and it goes something like this:
“sometimes it will be the hardest thing you ever do, but if love and you stick with it and you do it well, it will be the greatest, shiniest treasure you ever put in your pocket….”
Wishing you all a bit of magic, love, and shiny treasures for your pocket.
Happy Holidays to you~