So, it’s already December 12th. Christmas is less than two weeks away, and I haven’t decorated the tree or the house, or wrapped any presents. I haven’t figured out what we’re having for Christmas eve, or Christmas brunch with my parents, or Christmas dinner. It’s unusual for me to be this far into December without having made any tangible progress toward a merry Christmas. It’s even more unusual for me not to be all stressed out about my lack of progress.
But honestly, I think it’ll be all right.
Because I’m getting such a late start, I’ve decided to go small this year. Small and simple. I’m not going to decorate the whole house, just the tree. I’m not going to give a million gifts, just a few very thoughtful ones. I’m going to worry less about the ingredients of my big, glorious feast, and more about the people I sit down to celebrate with.
And I think it’ll be all right.
What I’m suggesting isn’t new or revolutionary. Everyone knows this. It’s not about the gifts and the decorations and the food (well, maybe it’s a little about the food). What matters is who we gather around us, how we love, how we’re loved. Brene Brown wrote a great post about going small for Christmas. In it she says:
When our lives become pageants, we become actors. When we become actors, we sacrifice authenticity. Without authenticity, we can’t cultivate love and connection. Without love and connection, we have nothing.
Yep. I believe that. I’m banking on it. I’m going small and meaningful this year, and I think it’ll be all right.
In other news…
I’m making 1-word note cards for the shop. I know I’m biased, but I love them. They’ll be up for sale within the next week. I’ll let you know on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram when they’re available. (So make sure we’re friends!)
Also, I once wrote an essay for Wild Sister Magazine’s Dream issue. It was called “Making Dreams Come True, a 10-step guide,” and I wrote it as much for me as for anyone who might read it. That essay was selected for inclusion in their new book, WILD AND PRECIOUS. Here’s #10 in my guide…
Believe that every step you take brings you closer to the dream. Believe that your desire, your vision, your forward motion (however fraught) qualifies you for the dream you’re seeking. Believe that the only validation you need is your own, and no one – no matter how much they love you – can tell you what’s best for you or what dreams you should pursue. Only you know what makes your insides hum, what quickens your pulse and grounds you at the same time, what makes you ache and swoon and shimmer with possibility. And that feeling, the excitement in your suddenly achy, swoony, shimmery core? That’s truth. Your truth.
No one gets to argue that.
This book is PACKED with love, wisdom, and inspiration. I’m honored to be part of it. I hope you’ll check it out.
One more update (and this one’s extra awesome): We’ve earned $2500 for metastatic breast cancer research so far. I’m happily stunned and so grateful to all the people who have purchased art for the cause. If you’ve been waiting, this is just a gentle reminder that the limited edition “Find Beauty” prints and note cards will only be available through December.
This is my last post of 2014. It’s been, for me, an evolutionary, roller coaster of a year that I’m hugely grateful for. I hope whatever you celebrate is happy, and I’ll see you in January!
p.s. I drew you a picture!