We've got a nice long Discardia this time (lasting until the new moon on January 8th) coinciding with a Friday night start which allows me to celebrate in my favorite way: flaking out completely and not worrying about a thing for a few days and then still having time for projects.
Went out for dessert & drinks the first night.
Followed the next day by a lovely drive up to Mendocino county to a beautiful house in the country where the primary activities are reading, eating delicious foods, naps, and looking out the big windows at the weather, the meadow and the ocean.
I'd write more, but I need to go see if the next 4 of the 16 different cheeses we'll be sampling this weekend have warmed to room temperature so I can put out the cheeseboard.
This tough life brought to you by the slow but successful project over the last 10 years of transitioning our family holiday focus from presents to presence.
No anxiety and racing around buying things. No money tensions when the bills come. No pressure. Just good company, good food and puttering around relaxing.
Figure out what the best real gift you could give yourselves at the holiday is and then keep moving toward making it real.
My friend Jay recommended this great, short presentation that gives you the big picture on how stuff gets made, gets bought, and gets disposed of. Check out Annie Leonard in The Story of Stuff and then look around more at the website for ideas on how to change things.