‘Tis The Season

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” 

~Charles Dickens


I decided to give myself a bit of a break during the rest of December. I have learned to listen to my inner voice, and it has been speaking loudly recently saying, REST! So I will honor that voice, and take the next few weeks off until the New Year!

The season of Christmas and the Solstice bring me deep within to take stock of myself. And as I go through this season, I have learned to hold onto Hope and Love, for myself and all humanity.

So I wish you peace, love and blessings during this holiday season….give yourself the gift of hope and rest….yes even rest, during what can be a hectic time. And accept the fact that you don’t have to get it all done to make the holiday perfect. It is about the connections with others…the giving without expecting anything in return. The true gift of giving from a deep love in your heart.


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32 Replies to “‘Tis The Season”

  1. Yes, the Christmas season can be so draining, if you allow it to be. It’s been such a hectic year, that I went into the season making the decision that I wouldn’t do it all – no outdoor lights this year (and no guilt over that either!). I did spend a most enjoyable day this past weekend creating an evergreen planter/wreath though – something I’ve always wanted to do.

    I finally finished all the tasks that needed doing outside so I’m looking forward to a well deserved rest over the winter…and a recharging of my gardening batteries for next year.

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful (and restful!) holiday.

    1. I am with you Margaret. I only decorate and do what feels like enough each season. Some years I decorate a lot and some I do just a little. Making a planter sounds wonderful!

      We are just finishing up some outdoor chores this week as the weather is predicted to shift to winter after that.

      I have plans for lots of interesting indoor projects this winter, but I know I won’t do it all….I too am looking forward to recharging this winter. Wishing you and yours a beautiful, restful, peaceful holiday season!

  2. A great message, Donna, and important. I was getting myself all worked up about Christmas gifts before I finally stepped back and decided that I do NOT need to try to find the perfect gift for each and every person in my life every year. Accepting that was a tremendous relief!

    1. Good for you Kris….when I made similar decisions, I finally enjoyed the season and what it means to me! Have a beautiful, restful, blessed holiday!

  3. Such a lovely message to pass on Donna. I wish you a peaceful and restful holiday season too! Take it easy and hope to ‘see’ you in the new year!

    1. Merry Christmas my friend! Enjoy your peaceful holiday down there and I look forward to seeing your winter garden. I am attempting one inside this year.

  4. Enjoy the season, Donna! I’ve been contemplating how to approach the blog during December, too. For some reason, I’m not feeling as harried this year (no idea why!), but in past seasons, I’ve really cut back on blogging until January. Blessings to you and yours!

    1. It feels good to go with the flow of each season. I am finding I change with each season now too. Wishing you and your family a blessed and wonderful holiday.

  5. I had big plans to make straw stars. Battled with the first one and … maybe next year?

    Wish you peace and happiness across the Christmas season.

    1. I am often saying maybe next…..week, month, year and I like that flexibility. Wishing you a wonderful, blessed Christmas!

  6. I’ve been having a bit of break too Donna hence my late comment. I hope that your rest is proving to be therapeutic. Wishing you a most Happy Christmas and I hope that the new year treats you and your garden gently xxx

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