I love the bustle of the holiday season and thrive in the busy-ness. I have lengthy to-do lists, projects planned, posts drafted, commitments, family visits. But about this time every year, despite my drive to DO, I begin to feel an irresistible pull to slow down.
Perhaps it’s just that cooler weather has finally arrived in the Dallas area – crisp blue skies, turning leaves, wind chill and first frost – and I love nothing more than to hibernate at home with good food, warm beverages, and a blanket cocoon.
Or perhaps it’s the feeling of “otherness” that the holidays bring. Special recipes, special events, special traditions, and even special scents demand space and attention in the middle of everyday freneticism.
And every year about this time, the mundane and the practical lose a little bit of their importance to the enjoyment and celebration of this special time of year.
Perhaps it shouldn’t take the change of seasons to challenge my priorities, but I welcome the reminder. Despite a good dose of craziness in our lives this year, I look around me and can’t help but be filled with thankfulness and praise.
I’ll be taking a little extra time this week to enjoy family and friends (and of course, food) and I wish you a wonderful time of community and grace as well!
No matter how cliche it may sound, I’m truly thankful for you!