12.22.2010

The Essential Thing...

lovely painted rocks via Nuno magazine...


I posted this last year at Christmas...it's a passage from an old "O" magazine article that, for me, perfectly encapsulates the magic (and complexity) of the holidays...

"For my grandparents, the essential thing about Christmas is midnight mass, and the birth of a child who shall be called Prince of Peace. For my mother, I think it’s the solstice and the fact that the days will get longer, the light will return. For my father it’s Santa Claus, the spirit of abundance and generosity. But for me, it seems to be something at once simpler and more complicated than all these things…"

So for the rest of the week, I'm unplugging a bit (i.e. no blogging or email) and focusing on the essential things...you know the reveling in each other and the UNO tournaments and the gingerbread house making and whatnot. We also have big plans to drink our weight in hot chocolate and paint rocks and sticks...truly we're livin' it up over here friends.

I am so grateful for all of you guys. Have the happiest of holidays, and whatever is the essential thing for you about this season, take time to revel in it.

12 comments:

Stephanie said...

i needed to read this. thank you. feeling especially overwhelmed right now. need to recognize what is important and what truly is not.

happy holidays!

molly ruth said...

amen! so good to hear! wishing you and your family a very merry christmas. your blog has brought me much joy this year-thank you!!

Engracia said...

Merry Xmas Joslyn and to your family. I have really enjoyed sharing your journey this year and look forward to catching up with you next year.
Engracia
x

nicole said...

thank you for your wisdom.

Sarah Bradley said...

Have a very Merry Christmas Joslyn! I'm so glad you're going to take some time and enjoy the holiday with your girlies. :)

stacy said...

a very merry to you and yours.

peace & love

Simply Mel said...

here's to a Christmas filled with over-the-top joyful bliss!

Fern and Feather said...

Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family.

Jessica said...

Merry Christmas! Have a wonderful holiday:)

Heather Taylor said...

love this all. happy happy holidays ms. taylor.

islandfairy said...

thanks for the lovely message! have a very happy christmas, you and your lovely family!

mb said...

Have a peaceful and wonderful Christmas. Enjoy. Hot chocolate sounds good. HMMM. yum.

mb from Dallas