Wednesday, December 21, 2011

a christmas calm

i am unusually calm about christmas. usually, about now, i rush to amazon and panic-order a kitchen-aid mixer. but that doesn't seem to be happening this year. i feel good and calm about the gifts i have for those i love (except for the ones i haven't yet sent to my parents or my sister or my nephews - however, they're used to that, so it's more ok than you might imagine). i picked up husband's gift today...a beautiful handmade knife in a lovely leather sheath (don't worry, he doesn't read my blog - he says he doesn't need to since he gets to talk to me in person). it was so much nicer to go to the artist's lovely home, have a cup of coffee and talk about christmas traditions and life philosophies than to rush around a busy, soulless mall.

and i haven't gone completely nuts for sabin either, unless buying a 10-year-old an iPhone 4S is nuts (we couldn't expect her to go on using her 3GS when the camera's so much better in the new one). she'll also get a few clothes which she needed anyway and some custom bobbaloos of her real-life bunnies (don't worry, she doesn't read my blog either), but there won't be any over-packaged plastic toys in her stocking this year and i'm quite pleased with that.

we're going to be home this year - we have spotted a tree on our property that we'll cut down tomorrow and bring in, then we'll drink mulled wine and decorate it together on the 24th (which the danes mistakenly think is actual christmas). i bought a lovely, plump duck, so we'll have that with roasted veg and eat ris a'lamande for dessert, like the danes do.  we'll light candles and watch movies and play games and go for a walk (snow or no), feed the animals, play with the bunnies, gather the eggs, give matilde her new blanket and some carrots.

it feels like it will be a calm, warm, restorative time. and that must be what it's supposed to be about.


stephanie said...

That sounds like the most perfect way to spend the holiday. :) I hope you and your family enjoy the time together. xoxo

Elizabeth said...

Sounds like the perfect plan. Have a wonderful christmas at home.

Felicity said...

Sighing deeply and applauding enthusiastically.

Blessings to you and all whom you care about.

Corrine said...

sounds wonderful, have a wonderful weekend, Merry Christmas.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Calm is GOOD!!! It sounds like you have a wonderful Christmas in store for you and your family :-)

Merry Christmas. Enjoy,
xo jj

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

No rush for the garcia3 either!

Hope you and your family will have a great Merry Christmas!!

Tracy :)

==My big day is Tuesday, Julie==

Suecae Sounds said...

Nice image!