I am trying to make time for the sweeter things in life this Holiday, like time with friends and long phone calls to those that are far, tea, warm sweaters and cuddling up with the cats and my love. In other words, I am trying to make time for simple pleasures during a time that can be rather chaotic and stressful. I am rather sick of life being such a ball of stress! It can be challenging to make time or have money for it all, but living creatively I've turned things around a bit this year.
Decorating: A smaller tree with handmade snowflakes on the windows and stockings.
Baking: I will make one treat instead of baking for a small army.
Cards: Making it simpler, but still personal. A small personal list will receive hand written, mailed cards and the larger mass will receive an e-card, but still artful and personal. The artwork for each are photographs by Philip:
Gifts: Bought and Handmade. Rather than making everything this year, I've caved into buying some things and it feels pretty good! Less stress to make the 'finish line'.
With all this, I am able to meet my budget and even take a short break off of work to enjoy it all. That my friends is priceless!
I hope you find warmth and joy throughout your days this Christmas and I wish you the happiest of New Year's! xo