1. Oh,my goodness. Thank you. I know these things, but needed to be reminded of several of them. At this point I may not even finish my handmade gifts for my children. They will be more likely to be able to live with that if I am. Letting go now, letting go now, letting go now~

  2. Valri says:

    Lots of good advice and so well written! I only wish I could of read these during the years my children were young. Still, a lot there that I can take for the present.

    • Beth says:

      Thank you, Valri! If I had a nickel for every time I heard a mom from my mother’s generation reflect over how little empathy and information was available such a short time ago… Well, it just leaves me encouraged that all this crazy change is not without its benefits. Thanks again.

  3. Truth is rarely spelled out so clearly. Thank you. Sharing!

    • Beth says:

      Thanks a million, Laura! I stumbled upon your blog some time ago, then lost track of you and am now happy to be “reunited.” I truly appreciate you sharing and look forward to returning the favor, as – if my memory serves – you speak quite a lovely truth yourself.

  4. Adah says:

    I follow Martha on Pinterest, which seemed like an innocuous move when I clicked her follow button a while back. Now it is pretty insidious and overwhelming and, inspired by your note, I just un-followed her. I’ll find her again later, maybe . . .

    • Beth says:

      This made me laugh. I’m really not anti-Martha or anything, just the “perfection” her version of homemaking represents. She would be a hard one to follow on Pinterest. So much canning to do between photo shoots! 😉

  5. Monique says:

    Thanks for sharing it’s very hard to know what we truly want at this time of the year oppose to what we think is expected. I know my children cope better with less demands on their time and less sensory exposure to the overwhelming things that happens everywhere at this time of the year so we have learnt to pace it out choosing things that mean a lot to us rather then trying to do everything. I’ve signed up to follow you too 🙂

  6. Beth says:

    Thank YOU, Monique! I agree – this season is so packed it’s hard to sort. I love the idea of doing less, but more meaningful things. Sounds like you’ve managed to find a lovely balance. I’m glad you’re here!

  7. Dara Weyna says:

    Amen, sister. Seriously…the world needs to hear this and everyone needs to take one huge, collective breath. Presence over presents…YES!! And you’re hilarious, btw.

  8. Maya says:

    This is such a great reminder! I have been slowly downsizing Christmas over the years. It never failed to amaze me after all presents were opened how much crap was under the tree! This year we are doing things a little different. We had to move overseas to China from Canada last January so here I find myself in the country that creates all the crap we buy and it is a hugely eye opening experience! Though my kids, 8 and 5 are having a hard time without our Christmas tree, snow and a gingerbread house, we will be making different holiday memories this year with a trip to Malaysia to enjoy the rainforest, ocean and get away from this concrete jungle(all paid for with cash, no credit cards for the first time ever!) and I hope we will be able to enjoy each others company without all the gimmicks that this time of year seems to bring. Christmas needs to be more about being together than what we bought each other.

    • Beth says:

      This idea was really driven home for us when we stepped out of the country as well. Wow. Malaysia!? Your kids will never forget it, no matter how much the miss the Christmas tree. Enjoy, lovely. You’re experiencing some of the sweetest gifts there are.

  9. David says:

    Well, having lived in Japan for over 20 years now I have done everything I could possibly have done in order to pass along some concept of the ‘season’. Not being Christian myself means that aspect is out. And having read your suggestions, it just reinforces what I have recently decided…. nobody else wants it? I’m done with. Over.

  10. Stormy Medina says:

    Amen!!!

  11. OMG — the Joneses on STEROIDS. Love it.

    I just featured you in a blog entry I’ve been working on this week: “Three Wise Peeps Bring Freakin’ Sense & Meaning to the HoliDAZE”.

    Thank you for your FREAKIN’ sense, GOLD nuggets of wisdom & huMOR.

    (Ok, sorry, that was so korny. I will stop now.)

  12. Beth says:

    Ooo, I’m so excited to read it, but for some reason it won’t take me to the article when I click on it from your main page. Will check back again. Maybe just another interweb hiccup. Thanks a million for sharing me, though! Gratefully anticipatory…

  13. vic says:

    Could not have said it better myself…and glad you did. And, I will take you up on the foot rub. 🙂

  14. Lucia Figueiredo says:

    Yes! I’m pretty sure I’ve already done maybe 4 or 5 out of ten this year… Oh well!

  15. Ahhh! Good to know. I’m still working out the quirks of this new template. Apparently you have to click on the tiny and hard o see “read more” button.

    Here’s the link: http://www.cosmic-acres.com/#!/three-wise-peeps/

  16. Douglas says:

    I feel so fortunate to know you! That way I can picture your fingers at work on your keyboard. Happy holidays and thanks for the insight on things to come!

  17. Debbie says:

    I just let out a big sigh and my shoulders relaxed in peace. Thanks for that verbal slap in the face, its just what I needed! With the craziness of the past few weeks, wrapping up school, work and all the social excesses of this time of year I was starting to get grumpy about what needs to be done and who was going to do it and I was starting to lose sight of the fact that I love Christmas and the holidays and I just need to breathe, relax, enjoy and the rest will follow….so Thankyou for this lovely Christmas gift you have given me

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