My own preparations for Christmas always bring to mind a tradition that lasted a dozen years. It began when my best friend and her husband separated, and Dale left everything familiar in Montreal to make a fresh start. She moved across the country to Vancouver in the fall with her daughters, 3 and 6, and a son, 8.
A few weeks before that first Christmas in a new city, I left my own two boys in the care of their Dad, Grandma and Grandpa and travelled to Vancouver for a long weekend of what I now call Christmas elfery. That’s a concentrated burst of decorating, making cookies and doing other festive things to embrace the season.
The December issue of my newsletter, Wordnerdery, describes the tradition and why I’m so grateful to have started it.
And as the year winds down, I encourage you to take stock of your own life. Are you finding joy in Christmas traditions? Are you letting work push your life out of balance? Are you taking anyone for granted or holding onto an old grudge? You just never know how short life really is. Don’t waste it.
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