Remembrances, not resolutions

I don't always make resolutions for the new year. I love making new goals, and I love actively pursuing them, so on one hand, resolutions are a natural fit with my personality. On the other, I don't feel as though resolutions are necessary, and sometimes I put too much pressure on myself to be "perfect"…

12 Holiday Joys, Joy 12 – Meaning

My 12th and final post about the joys of the holiday season. I hope you have enjoyed this little series, and thank you for tolerating my penchant for introspection (slash navel-gazing), which gets only more pronounced this time of year. I've been thinking about this post for months. The meaning of Christmas as my favorite…

12 Holiday Joys, Joy 11 – Blues

It may seem odd to include a post on feeling blue or depression in a series focused on joy, but the two are inextricably linked for me; especially during the holidays. I started writing this series simply knowing that my typical "blue" season after Christmas will surely come. It comes every year, sort of the…

12 Holiday Joys, Joy 10 – Traditions

I really, really, really love traditions. My husband always teases me about wanting to make everything a tradition, and if we do something that we both enjoy, he says, "NOW IT'S A TRADITION!" Tradition is comforting to me. Traditions give me something to look forward to, something to prepare for (and we all know how…

12 Holiday Joys, Joy 9 – Others

I've made a real effort to start calling the time between Halloween and New Year's Eve the "holiday season," not the "Christmas season." For me it's the "Christmas season," but it is a different holiday for many others around the world. I've been thinking a lot about letting others be and honoring who others are this…

12 Holiday Joys, Joy 8 – Giving 2

In my previous post, I talked about my rather new-ish philosophy of giving -- one that takes the people into account, the precious nature of memories, and that is sustainable for this big beautiful planet we call home. Emphasizing experiences over things, senses over possession. What I didn't mention is that my husband does not…

12 Holiday Joys, Joy 7 – Giving

There are few things I enjoy more in relationships than giving someone something that I picked out just for them, that I know (or suspect or hope) they'll love, that makes their lives a little bit brighter. I take gift-giving very seriously -- probably too seriously? OR NOT SERIOUSLY ENOUGH. My philosophy of gift giving…

12 Holiday Joys, Joy 6 – Privilege

The winter holiday season in American can be a gluttonous, slobbering, insatiable beast, feeding off of images of desirable privilege and spewing forth messages of love and happiness as codified by wealth, gain, dollars spent, and the virtue of obtaining the newest gadget simply because it's new. Oddly enough, my favorite time of year is…