It’s here: The Season. I swore I’d never be one of those people who got caught up in all the mindless busyness of modern American holidays, the hand-wringing over recycled wrapping paper, gluten-free finger foods, and gargantuan expectations.
I wasn’t during our years in India. And I wasn’t before that, when my kids were very small. But since we’ve been back in the U.S. (three years now), I’ve felt holiday insanity sneaking up on me.
Have you seen the movie Alien? I don’t recommend it, but I’ll just say that the raging fever of consumerism and ubiquitous Pinterest Faerie Land Photos feel to me like the hideous thing that attaches itself to the guy’s face in order to lay its eggs in him at the beginning of that movie. (Since I’ll never be able to un-see that particular scene, you might as well see it, too).
And just like in the movie, this craziness means war. A war for peace. And I’m gearing up.
I just got done cancelling the kids’ jujitsu for the entire month of December (boom). And we only have one more piano lesson before we shut down the semester (hooah!). I’m saying no to math.
And you know what else?
I’m saying no to perfect because it doesn’t exist (except in the Person for whom all the fuss exists).
But I’m saying yes to our Advent readings, to my sister and her family staying with us for a week, to a Christmas concert with friends, to fires in the fireplace, to Crock Pot chili.
I’m saying yes to shopping on Amazon and wrapping the boxes as they get here and sticking to the budget as much as possible.
I’m saying yes to donating to our favorite causes, even if it’s only a little bit, and to sharing coffee with our neighbor whose husband died a month ago.
In short, we’re going to have a White Space Christmas season, if not a White Christmas, exactly. I’m finding that it takes guts to carve out time for nothing, but I just strapped on my flak vest.
I dare you to join me.