You have permission. . .
To feast on the beauty of December. To sing carols, to deck the halls, to manifest magic. God knows we need it.
To opt out of obligations that don’t nourish you or your household. To lighten up about cards, gifts and assorted traditions. To choose presence over perfection.
To eat the whole snowflake sugar cookie without guilt. (I’m so exhausted by the idea that we need to “earn” food; let’s retire it!)
To take a nap when you’re tired.
To ghost social media for vacation or mental health or just because. (Seriously! We’ll be here when you get back.)
To embrace the mystery and gift of waiting.
To ask your loved ones and elected officials for what you *really* want this season. To be your own Santa when needed!
To feel blue about the holidays — this is a lonely, hard month for many. Accept your feelings, difficult as they are. Find peace in a quiet sanctuary and the company of those who truly listen.
To find hope in the holidays. To relish each merry moment you can muster — the sacredness of lit candles, the comfort of reunions with friends and relatives, the bliss of giving and receiving.
To expect Love in a world hungry for goodness. (To do all you can to embody it.)