Each year when the holiday season rolls around, I tend to bob about between two quite different feelings: excitement for the festivity of the season and the time spent with family and friends; and the tight, anxious feeling that comes with the intensity of consumerism and forced busyness.
This year has been quite stressful all told and so I'd love for these holidays to be about having the space to be quiet, relax, cook, play, think, sleep, read books, make things and hang out in nature.
So I made a start on the weekend and sat down in the living room with a cup of coffee and made a garland from paper cranes. I also had a crack at making some beaded necklaces and bracelets for my niece for Christmas and it was so much fun. I'd forgotten how nice it is to get out of your head for a while and make something with your hands.
Screw shopping and tinsel. I think this year it's going to be something of a handmade holiday.