“Our whole life could be ritual; we could learn to stop when the sun goes down and when the sun comes up. We could learn to listen to the wind; we could learn to notice that it’s raining or snowing or hailing or calm…” – Pema Chodron

This holiday season we embraced the idea of making the ordinary special. In other words, I was not up for a big fuss this Christmas. We decided not to have our annual holiday party. Keeping it low key was the vibe I was feeling this year.

Lately, I’ve been gravitating toward a more old-fashioned style of living, most likely from feeling overwhelmed by our fast-paced lives. It seems that when we, as a collective whole, had fewer resources, we were more resourceful.

So, to make things special we made simple moments meaningful. We have welcomed simplicity into our lives as we have let go of others and embraced CREATIVITY and RITUAL. The beauty of rituals is that they take something seemingly common and make it special by just changing it the slightest bit. By making it in some way ceremonial. And, it turns out the more you practice these things, the more natural it becomes to live in this joyful and celebratory way. It’s exciting to see the kids embrace this lifestyle.

Skylar makes breakfast an artistic endeavor.

We made a Christmas town from cardboard boxes for Nora’s new Santa, Rudolph, Clarice and Frosty dolls. I wasn’t too good at capturing photos in all its glory (Santa’s sleigh is adorable!), but here are a few to give you an idea!

Skylar made a bakery, Blane made a sports shop, and Nora and I made Santa's house, sleigh and an art studio.

Nora also made a drive-in movie theater. I love how she is sitting in the box designing it!

A little peek at the town.

Skylar's bakery is adorable!

We also attended our town's Reindeer Festival to feed real reindeer and meet the real Santa.

Other than that, we had a very quiet and relaxing Christmas at home with each other.

These are my happiest moments.

We’ve enjoyed baking and cooking, naps and walks. It’s been such a lovely time. This year’s unexpected Christmas gift is the gift of simplicity, creativity and resourcefulness. Brought on out of necessity and as a conscious choice to simplify and make the mundane meaningful.

Sitting in Santa's sleigh.

I hope you all had a lovely and restful holiday! Happy New Year!

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