“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…including you.” – Anne Lamott


Not only have I begun to purchase Christmas ornaments before Thanksgiving (including the lovely bully mug above), I have every intention of decorating the house this weekend as well. I can’t remember the last time I’ve looked forward this much to Christmas…so much so that I’m jumping the gate. I’m giddy. Instead of the typical stress and hurries of the holidays, I plan on using this time to restore inner peace and close the year with meaning. Unplug instead of ignite. Savor instead of speed.

Our house will be decorated. Cupcakes will be baked in the company of friends. Advent will be observed in multiple ways — charitable donations, random acts of kindness, morning mass. Light displays will be visited. Traditions will be observed. Classic movies will be enjoyed over and over. Nat King Cole will be played. Photos will be taken. Cards will be made and sent. Gifts will be given. Opportunities to serve will be found. I will smile generously. Breathe deeply. Enjoy thoroughly. Live intentionally. My spirit will be handled with care.

Even if it’s just for one month – a brief holiday season, I will refuse to stress. 

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