sunday, december 1st, 2013
we had the sweetest december 1st i can remember.
it’s typical at our church for adults to fast for two meals on the first sunday of the month and donate what they’d use (and more) to those in need. it’s a tradition i’ve really grown to appreciate (although admittedly there are more sundays than not that are still difficult). we ended our fast with a meal with Matt, Taylor & Noah (my brother’s family), had a lesson about christmas traditions around the world (who knew that in germany, little dolls made of fruit were traditional christmas toys?) and decorated a gingerbread house.
simple stuff. dinner was yummy. company was even better. i shared some books i’d been reading with my brother and jokingly asked if he wanted to go to the next solar decathlon with me in D.C. (i’m mesmerized by what they’re doing! daylighting/solar passive design/incredible design = me, on the edge of my seat…i’m revealing all my nerdiness and keeping fingers crossed you share what fascinates you in the comments!).
if this is a true peek at december, i’m so happy it’s here.
i love days like this.
i want to be intentional about how our holidays feel as i’m guessing you do…and we all have a different pattern but i’m guessing there are similar themes.
because i love the outdoors, i feel prompted to echo it’s patterns.
in winter, we slow down a bit, refuel…translation: i appreciate time to read/learn. let’s take some time off together as a family.
the busyness of holiday shopping feels a bit out of place with that rhythm (but then again, in full disclosure, i’ve never been an accomplished shopper…i’m excited to go and then i hit a wall where i just want to be on a picnic or reading with audrey).
we’ve simplified our gifts dramatically this year – and the ones we’ve gotten, we’ve tried to think longer about what will be useful/appreciated for many years. i’ve found i’m more even more excited about christmas (i’m a thanksgiving girl at heart) this year.
there’s more time to be thoughtful.
less = more
how do you want your holidays to feel?
i want mine ripe with love and memory making, for there to be more ease than hurriedness. so far, so good :)