With the coming of the holiday season, we have a whole heap of things to be excited about. We share the following in no particular order, and mean to suggest no favortisim whatsoever about their associated ranking on the list:
- Egg Nog
- A Very Special Christmas 1, 2 and 3
- A Christmas Vacation
- Peppermint Mocha
- The Holiday
- Billie Holiday
- Snow - the fluffy kind that seems to defy gravity
- Christmas lights
- Candles that you can burn promptly following 4pm because its already dark outside
- Love Actually
Being a part of Western Culture, we tend to start observing these things sooner rather than later. Starbucks was outfitted with all things “Holiday” on November 1; shopping centres have been playing Christmas carols for two weeks, and December 25 draws closer and closer and we still have no idea what on god’s green earth to buy that person who has everything. We however, can tell you that it is not a monthly subscription for beef jerky.
Somehow, between November 12 and December 25, the sparkle starts to wear thin. We find ourselves being annoyed by the carols, inundated by relentless Christmas marketing and fervently reminded that we have yet to buy that perfect gift.
Whether we like it or not, we unconsciously let what is supposed to be the most joyous time of year become a stressful, high pressure fight for perfection, associating our success to the Martha Stewart Measure of our picture perfect Christmas decor. We stretch our wallets, our patience and our own happiness thin in hopes of what? A Christmas miracle is not finishing your shopping before December 20; that’s just consumerism.
Acknowledging that there is no such thing as perfect, and that it might not be possible to buy the person who has everything another thing, maybe it’s time we realign our priorities.
We share the following ideas in hopes of relieving the stress and reigniting the magic that is supposed to be Christmas.
As we grow older; our families get bigger. And if you say it out loud, the idea of buying thirty Christmas gifts just seems ridiculous. We love the idea of throwing everyone’s names into a hat, and associating a generous limit. It’s better to buy one gift with some thought, than thirty with a whole lot of stress.
We have friends. And we love those friends. And it is with that idea in mind that the last thing we would want for them is to be stressed or unnerved about the idea of getting us a present. We love the idea of making a “cards only” pact with your closest friends - share your sentiments in words and dedicate an evening to exchanging them with wine, or even better, mulled wine. Doesn’t that sound like time better spent than in a mall fighting the crowds and feeling your blood pressure rise?
Bake one thing:
Chances are if you’re going home for the holidays, you’ll be amongst other adults. Plan ahead and organize what everyone will bring home to share. A solid day of factory style baking, and you’re ready for the season. And if you’re strapped for time, for pete’s sake - buy it. Nothing tastes good enough to account for a lack of sleep and an uptick in stress.
Make time for your family:
And not just time; quality time. Put down your phones, open up the old board games and argue the answer to a question without the assistance of google. Open old albums, watch old family movies, take pictures and pause to reflect on the importance of family traditions. No one is saying you aren't allowed to be annoyed by the fact that your brother in law got you a subscription to beef jerky - but there are worse things than receiving a package of cured meat in the mail on a monthly basis. Come to think of it, that sounds pretty ok.
In honour of this Holiday season and the important role our family plays, Libertee is giving away a family photo session to honour, commemorate and celebrate the craziness that is your family this Holiday season. Be sure to follow along on instagram and Facebook for details!
Take a peek at some of her favorite captures!