Are you flooded with catalogs already? I am. It starts in October and turns to a deluge. Toys. Puffy vests. Plaids. Glitter. Shiny. It’s like a war-boy’s death approaches, all this chrome in my mail box.
After my fifth sample Minted card with foil-pressed letters, I’ve decided not to do Christmas cards this year. They’re too precious. Too ostentatious. Gold foil?? I’d be delighted to receive such a beautiful card. I love getting pictures of people’s gorgeous families, and especially love the ones where someone is not thrilled about being in the picture. But I ‘m not wading through gallery choice of gold foil and glitter and the staging the perfect picture of my kids this year.
I’m not putting on our annual Solstice Spectacular, either. Last year I tried to go small for the holidays and it still felt like too much. Maybe it’s a bah-humbug kind of year, but I actually just have hope that it will be calm and lovely instead of garish and rushed and overdone. Maybe. There’s always a chance I’ll give up and lay down on a shelf in Target like the priest in the window on Easter morning in Chocolat.
What are holiday cards for? Well-wishing for the season and new year? Plus a little piece of something beautiful and peaceful? Well, here you all go. I hope you are well this holiday season. I hope you find moments with your loved ones that make all the external noise disappear. I hope you have time for hot chocolate and that you experience the joy and wonder that my kids do at the first snow. And as for a little piece of something pretty, this is what caught my eye looking through this year’s pictures so far, in no particular order. Enjoy and happy, early holidays.