Can you feel it? Pressing in from all sides. Invading spaces that were once sacred, but they’re connected in all sorts of wrong, insidious, terrifying ways now.
Black Friday. Holiday parties. Picture perfect December afternoons spent sipping imported hot cocoa, homemade tree-shaped marshmallows bobbing in smooth chocolate waves as you stroll down cobbled streets with your children, adorable in their matching holiday pjs, searching for the perfect, locally-sourced gift for grandma. Not a frown in sight.
Well. I call bullshit, and I quit. Will you join me?
Let’s drop out of out of the chaos and pressure this holiday season and make space for meaningful connection with the ones we love.
Let’s say no to consumerism, to this notion that you can buy some thing tomorrow that will somehow transform how you feel about your life today.
Let’s be revolutionary and fight against the machine that feeds itself on our mass delusion that giving an item to someone is somehow more valuable than giving them our time.
Let’s start new traditions this holiday season. Skip the store-bought decorations and games and gifts, and make your own, instead. Skip the endless shopping trips for more and better presents, and make time for the people you love, instead. Skip the stress of Pinterest-perfect parties and throw a good-enough gathering, instead.
Say no to stress, and debt, and pressure this year, and say yes to meaning, and connection, and memories.
Will you be a rebel and protect your time? Say it with me: Fuck off consumerism, and social pressure, and societal expectations, and the temptation to choose picture-perfect over good-enough.
This holiday season you can find me at home with my chipped nails sipping instant hot chocolate in my messy house, with my messy kids, and my probably-napping-on-the-couch husband. We’ll be lighting candles and hanging homemade decorations and definitely eating a lot of takeout. And it will be grand.
Won’t you join us?
I love to hear from you. What are your favorite holiday memories? What are your best tips for bowing out of the race and making new memories with the ones you love, where you are, with what you have? Please share in the comments.