For weeks now we've been chatting about things others might like and about winter and light. We've been quietly elfing, and trying to keep the girl from spilling all our secrets. There has been exceitement, but more about giving than recieving (unlike discussions about the holiday just a couple days away) and it's been nice to feel something more...kind.
After a slow morning where Mama slept in and Dad made pancakes and we sat and ate slowly talking again about what today means and why so many in so many places are celebrating today, we began...
with the girl's salt dough ornaments, which were loved, and she, who today felt for maybe the first time the power of giving, was so overwhelmed that she returned to her room again and again, to retrieve possessions to give again and again.
this year was the year her cradle-board, made just for a someday doll came out from hiding and the someday doll was made.this was the year the bow was also finished and arrows were made and deep breaths were taken (by me) because I know he's ready to learn, but oh these years are going fast.
Today I was truly spoiled. The Dad, enjoying his newly gifted Shop Smith, has date nights on the brain, and I'm thankful! Glasses engraved with Peace and Love :), a bottle of dandelion wine and room for snacks...this will make even the backyard date fancy! The boy and the dad created this too, which might be one of the most beautiful gifts I've ever received. "For your necklaces, Mama." The ones that hang on plastic colored tacks. OH! This, I can not wait to hang. There were also a couple of books like this one and a family game I personally can't wait to start playing. Our annual Luner Phase Calender, tools and blocks to carve our own stamps (letter boxing is in our future), lots of local chili-peppers and chilies for when I don't make foods quite spicy enough, and... that was it.
This part I loved.
Yes, there will be a couple of things when we celebrate Christmas. Santa and Chromity, their elf, have little surprises, but every single one of them were thrifted. There is something, for me, really lovely about this. I've always gone overboard each year...it feels good to have set an intention for less and kept it.
The bird feeders, fire outside, hikes, and even drives to see Christmas lights will have to wait. The melting snow and constant rain is flooding our little town. There are also suitcases to pack, laundry to finish, and a car to fill. Next year, we'll make sure these chores do not fall on the Solstice and hope the weather lets us out to play.
We are thankful for another good trip around the sun. This year has given us a lot of change- good, good change, and as the light returns, we are looking forward to more time to be together, new classes to teach, dissertations to finish, and for a summer where no one has to be apart.
There is so much good in each day, especially in the little things- like now, sitting in a dimly lit room, with a puring cat and a kid who can't sleep or just wants quiet time to read, on my side. Sometimes I have to remind myself to smile and breathe because oh, especially in this season, it is so easy to get caught up on the latest scandal or thing that must be done. I wonder what we'd watch if people were just kind and let people BE...
My wish on this long long night is the same that so many have wished for- LIGHT. Let us bring light to each other and ourselves, even when we're different or we disagree.