You all know by now that I am a YUGE Gretchen Rubin fan. Like, I would tell you to buy me her new book for my birthday, but it comes out in March, so will have read it 6 times by May. On the most recent episode of Happier, she talked about having a motto for the holiday season that could serve as a theme. I have been thinking about this with at least part of my brain all day, and I think my motto will be be LIGHT. I considered comfort and joy, joy, deck the halls, and merry, but I really like light for a couple of reasons.
First, it's a nod to the ukkah side of Chrismukkah, and that side always gets neglected because the Chrism side is so flashy.
Second, it has tons of meanings. Like, literal LIGHT-- such an important thing in this dark, cold month. But also light like happy and whimsical, which is something I need to be reminded to be, especially because I get caught up on making everything perfect, which, of course, can get in the way of having any fun. I read a great column in Family Circle this month, and the author said what she remembered most about her mom during the holidays was how light she was-- happier, more relaxed, less serious-- and what a great way to be remembered. Also, um, light. Like STOP EATING AND DRINKING ALL OF THE THINGS MY GOD TAKE IT EASY YOU OLE SOAK. So, I mean, there's that, too.
There you have it.
Holiday 2018 will be a time of light.