Are you so over Christmas? Not so fast … here’s a wonderful post by my reporter friend Marcus about the abrupt halt of Christmas and how we might just have it all backwards.
Honestly? I’m with those of you who are ready to stop vacuuming up pine needles, so I took down the tree but am not quite ready to let go of the spirit of the season. Before we tuck our stockings away for the year, I’m going to take a page out of our family friends’ book in honor of their Apu, my Ujo Relo. They celebrated Stocking Day, St. Nicholas day on December 6th by opening stockings early in the morning and kicking off the merriment of the season. I like that idea. The part that I love though, is the tradition they created of tucking notes into the foot of the stocking before they were packed away to be discovered the following year. I love that. And when you think about how fragile life is and that we can’t take a single day for granted, it’s an amazing gift to give each other – a small scrap of yourself.
*we didn’t have a good place to hang the stockings this year so I put them on the boys’ doors and hung ours above our bed. The boys’ doors were both painted with chalkboard paint but Sam’s broke and repainting it is loooow on the to do list. Like at the bottom.