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Best homemade clay recipe to date!
My husband looked at me yesterday, as we were threading pony beads onto our latest homemade ornament project, and simply said : “It’s strange, but I feel so much more relaxed this year.” And that said it all.
The holidays used to be such a source of stress. The mall trips alone use to cause me to have anxiety attacks. The people, the noise, the endless lines for “Santa Claus” and the pressure : Pressure to buy, pressure to want, pressure to “need” things that we really did not need. There are no mall filled week-ends this year, no fighting with children over ever-changing Christmas lists, no pointing and asking, crying and whining…
This year, there are week-ends filled with nature and quiet times in the fresh (although pretty cold) air. There are crafts and experiments, surprises and learning. There are ornaments hanging off our Advent calendar as the month moves slowly on. There are new skills being learned and homemade gifts being prepared in the warm late night glow of the twinkle lights. And there is time : Time for fun, time for swing dancing in the kitchen, time for stories, time for endless baths filled with toys and warm water and time for family movie nights with kettle popped corn.
In the blink of an eye, the holidays have become what I’ve always dreamed they would be. We will be adding more traditions as time goes by. I’m forever inspired by people around me who have had the courage to make the holidays their own.
I strive for a life that is simple and true and everyday, I get closer to my dream.
Hoping all your holidays are what you want them to be! I would love to hear all the special ways you celebrate winter, the solstice and the holidays!