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Photo via Pavan Trikutam

Photo via Pavan Trikutam

Phew, the holiday rush is over. Thank goodness all of the Christmas cookies are gone. Life can get back to, well, relatively normal.

I've learned something over the years that makes Christmas easier. I start now. 

Every year I buy next year's Christmas cards right after Christmas. 

Whenever I see a little something for someone on my list I buy it and tuck it away. I only had a couple of last minute gifts to buy. 

I save gift bags and ribbons throughout the year to use at Christmas time. 

You may have noticed but there weren't any holiday how to's or tutorials on this here blog (there was that one post where I said get some greens, which was about the extent of it). I did say 'hey-take it easy'. There also weren't any holiday gift guides because a) I try to buy local or handmade b) I try to make stuff for people and c) I'm buying my gifts all year. 

I was catching up on some blog reading and I kept coming across some great holiday tutorials, like hand painting fabric,  making an advent calendar, or making ornaments and I was thinking when was I supposed to find the time to do all these things. Yet, if I were to start doing these things now, then maybe I'd get it done in time. Knowing me I probably won't so I should probably just walk away from the glue gun. Sigh. 

I deliberately chose peace this holiday season but I had to let go of some stuff in order to make it happen. I let go of hand making all of the gifts. I didn't make cookies. I hosted no holiday parties. And I was happier because of it. 

It's almost a year away, but I would argue that if you set your holiday intentions now for peace and harmony, then plan for it and make it so. 

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Happy Holidays

I think over the years I have stopped buying into the holiday hype. I've also stopped being such a control freak (which helps). So, this holiday season has been relatively chill. I usually buy presents throughout the year and I only had a couple of gifts to find this week. In some cases I'm giving my time and expertise instead of gifts, which makes it even easier.

Letting go of so much of the pressure I put on myself to make the holidays perfect has meant that I'm actually able to enjoy spending time with people.

The photo above is a little bittersweet because it was an undeveloped roll of film that I found in my grandfather's camera after he died.  Sometimes the holidays can be extra hard when you miss someone you love. I'm going to enjoy spending time with my family and I hope you do too. 


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