I love the many iterations of “Landslide,” but Stevie Nicks’ is definitely my favorite. Hearing her sing, “Can I handle the seasons of my life?” always puts me in a pensive mood. The holidays are a season which will soon end. Then we’ll be in the newness of spring contemplating our seedlings and making projections for the future. But for now, it’s still Christmastime and it’s the best time to be replenished by goodwill, moments of stillness, and wintery traditions.
The holidays feel like a balm this year, due in part to our family’s newfound minimalist approach. We did away gifts, save for the one Santa brings every child. We shifted from buying presents to charitable giving this Christmas and this has made our holidays lovelier and evaporated any seasonal stress. It has also freed up energy for other traditions. This year we’re stamping Christmas cards, baking snowflake cookies, and going on an evening stroll at the local botanical gardens (which get lit up with lanterns!) We decorated our tree with the ornaments we’ve collected over the years. We’re listening to Christmas music. (My pick: Leslie Odom Jr.’s “Simply Christmas”) This time of year can be a reminder that our greatest joys cost little to nothing. I think joy is the way people bloom.
I hope you find yourself in bloom all year, even through winter, and that when you come across some of the magic of the season, you hold onto it as long as you can.
Photos by Jessica Castro