How’s everyone holding up out there? The Holiday Season, although joyous, can also be stressful. Today I’m sharing some snippets that I hope will provide some much needed distraction. My regular posts will return this upcoming Wednesday.
First, the image above is meant to entice you to read next week’s post about eco- gift wrapping, a project we shared with friends. A warm time was had by all which has inspired me to begin regular craft projects to periodically share with other families. My twelve year old, who spends more time in front of a screen of some kind or other than we’re comfortable with, declared, “I should start doing art projects again.” Ah, music to my ears.
Beautiful Clothes and Housewares With the Environment in Mind
Secondly, a dear family member sent me a gift card from a catalog company based in Sweden that I was unfamiliar with: shocking. I thought I knew about them all! The women’s clothes, which are flattering on a variety of body shapes, have a playful, artistic feel while keeping our carbon footprint in mind. The rich vibrant colors remind me of the 60’s without the psychedelic overtones. I also love the housewares created with the same feel and spirit as the clothing. Take a look at gudrunsjoden.com.
A Book to Share with Children and Family
And last but not least, my son and I recently finished reading an inspiring biography on America’s first environmentalist, John Muir, entitled John Muir: My Life with Nature by Joseph Cornell. With all of the emphasis on climate change in the media lately, I thought this would be a good time to remember the spiritual quality of nature. With wonderful tidbits at the end, including a page about following your own path even when others suggest that you fall in line with convention, and only eighty pages in length, this enchanting biography would make a wonderful gift for those who enjoy sharing books with youngsters. And although the target age range is 9-12, I found it to be a delightful journey into John Muir’s adventures, personal life, and ideas.
I’m currently sitting at my computer in our “great room” amidst various piles of Christmas lights; some need to go to recycling, while others are waiting for an extension cord. We have home school projects to finish and the remnants of the gift wrapping project mentioned above are in piles behind the sofa. If your house looks anything like mine at the moment, take a deep breath and have a cup of something warm to drink. The mess can wait. Bit by bit, you’ll get it all done.
Until next week, keep the spirit of the season alive, even if it’s in seemingly small ways as in sharing a book with someone special.
I would love to hear about your holiday activities! Please do share in the comment section below.