Thursday, December 4, 2008

Holiday Lights

My son and I changed the white bulbs on our outdoor string of lights to blue, red, green and yellow. A simple decoration to celebrate the December holidays. As far as holidays go, Christmas is not my favorite. I'm not a complete Grinch, but I am often overwhelmed by the frantic consumption that surrounds the December holidays. Even if you and your family don't subscribe to that way of life, it is everywhere you turn.

Ilsa Setziol of RamblingLA wrote a wonderful article for the Verdugo Monthly "Less in the Season of Excess". I should mention she interviewed me for part of the article as well.

As the season unfolds, I hope you can find meaningful ways to celebrate that reflect your values. Although I'm not a fan of Christmas, I do like the ritual of Christmas cards. For quite some time, I've made cards (simple ones) and included a note. Now my oldest and I work on the cards together. I've never written a end of the year letter, although I love receiving them. They remind me of David Sedaris's take on the annual Christmas letter as read by Julia Sweeney for This American Life. The book is Holidays on Ice.

What about you? How do you make the season yours?


  1. My boyfriend and I uphold the tradition of going out with friends for awesome Chinese food on christmas eve.


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