I love the holidays. But this can be an absolutely frantic time of year. I was already mulling over my holiday priorities, somewhere in the back of my head, when I read a blog post by Tara at Tea & Cookies entitled What Do You Want From Christmas? That post brought together exactly what I’d been vaguely ruminating on, and I decided to create my own list of what I want from Christmas this year, with thanks to Tara for the nudge in the right direction.
- I want to decorate enough to feel festive and Christmasy, but not so much that I’m grumpy about having this endless task on my to-do list. For me, that means a wreath, a Christmas tree, stockings, and a few mantle decorations. Beautiful and sparkly.
- I want to go to a few parties, but not too many. I’ve learned over the years that the Christmas parties I enjoy most are the small, casual ones—filled with people I like, good food, drink, and laughter. If I have to buy a new dress for the party, that’s a clue that I’m not going to enjoy it. So I’m skipping the big parties—they just aren’t fun for me.
- I want to give special presents to the special people in my life—gifts that they will rip the paper off, then gasp in delight. I want to give gifts that say, “I love you and I thought about what you would really appreciate.” But I don’t want to go to the mall.
- I want to cook, but not spend all my free time cooking. There may be some appetizers from Trader Joe’s appearing at my house over the holidays, while I concentrate on an unforgettable Cassoulet for Christmas dinner. And maybe these Chocolate-dipped Green Tea Shortbread Cookies…
- I want really creamy milk chocolate, and lots of spectacular cheese, and White Russians mixed with a liberal hand.
- Most of all, I want time. Time to read in front of a crackling fire, to go on a walk and pick up smooth stones that feel good in my hand, to putter around aimlessly without an eye on the clock, to cuddle, and to daydream.
It occurs to me that the common thread running through many of my Christmas wishes is sufficiency—just enough of everything to be wonderful, but not so much as to become burdensome. And enough is one of the secrets to happiness at any time of year.
What about you? What do you want from the holidays this year?
Elsewhere: Read my post: What (else) We’re Reading at Edible Books