First of all, happy Buy Nothing Day! If you’re avoiding the kick-off to Materialism Season, you’re on the right track. (If you caved, and went shopping, I’ll forgive you. But I might ride by on my bicycle, and throw marshmallows at you while you’re in line for an iPad…)
I actually heard this time of the year referred to as “the shopping season” on the radio. And, for most people, it is. But it doesn’t have to be in our families. Whether Christmas has religious significance for you, or whether it is a time to celebrate family and warmth (or both!), you can still have a great time without making it about stuff. Last year, our extended families focused on simplifying and making it more about the fun party, than about accumulating possessions. And do you know what? It was a lot less stressful and a lot more fun! We’ll see what mischief I can cause at the party this year. Of course, I do have to find a new home for that hideous swamp sculpture…
Anyway, since many of you have joined us since last Christmas, I would like to post links to my “Rethinking the Season” series that I wrote last year. Hopefully, it will help you prepare for a simpler, more joyful holiday.
And may you have a very blessed, fulfilling holiday season!
And, some housekeeping…
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Off the Radar Time: Also, I am going up to the family home in Ossineke for the remainder of the weekend, and I will not have Internet access there (I used our Smart Phone over the summer, but you know the story behind that…). I have posts scheduled to go up, and I’ve turned off comment moderation. But if you try to contact me and don’t hear back over the weekend, that’s why! Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!