Revising Christmas

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“When we pay attention to who we believe we are and we surround ourselves with the things that reflect that story, with all its urges, aspirations, and processes, we develop a perspective that’s uniquely ours to share. In turn, we can share that unique perspective and, acting from a place of greater wholeness and awareness, thus become better and more useful members of our community.” In Honor of Saint Sunrise Day by Khristopher Flack (illustration by Katie Hickey) is an essay in Issue 20::SHARE, reminding us of the calendar and the pace at which we live, especially during the holidays. @katiehickeyillustration #taprootmagazine

Photo Credit: Katie Hickey

This lovely artwork and quote popped up in my Instagram feed tonight and reminded me I need to order a subscription to Taproot Magazine. “When we pay attention to who we believe we really are…” That’s what this project has been, an act of paying attention to who I believe myself to be, inside this moment in time, this specific era of my life. I like Flack’s conclusion, that this practice allows us to share our “unique perspective and, acting from a place of greater wholeness and awareness, thus become better and more useful members of our community.” I’d like to read the entire essay, especially because it speaks to the pace of our lives around the holidays. The holiday dread is already creeping in. Don’t get me wrong–I’m no bah humbug. The Christmas tree lights are twinkling, the stockings are hung, and tonight I fashioned a boxwood wreath in front of the mirror with a beautiful scrap of red and white fabric. It feels peaceful and bright. We sing carols at night before bed. And I can’t wait to see my daughter’s smile when she unwraps her dollhouse this year. It’s the racing around, the shopping overload, the many many many events. I’m trying to think of ways to make this year feel less hectic and more relaxing. Perhaps, instead of stretching ourselves thin, we need to stretch the holiday out.

(Post 315 of 365)

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2 thoughts on “Revising Christmas”

  1. It sounds like you’re already doing a great job of stretching the holiday out – with stockings already hung! I love this idea and have come to really believe it (not that I always act on it) – that we need to be centered and whole in order to serve others and the world. That mindfulness really is connected to justice. I’ve never been a planner but I am starting to see how plans do allow for more peace and more centered moments, esp. at this busy time with, like you say, all the many events.

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    1. We celebrate Christmas with family at four separate events (four different days), and one involves travel. It feels like A LOT. Last year, I didn’t plan ahead and was scrambling. My efforts are toward avoiding feeling that way again. But really, I will be scrambling until the last minute no matter what.

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