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My decision to not get organized for Christmas has been good so far. This is the first year in a really long time that my holiday success doesn’t feel measured by how many things I crossed off my to-do list. When someone asks me if I’m ready for Christmas, it no longer has to mean “have I finished my shopping?”

Which incidentally, I haven’t yet, but I’m not worried.

My sleep schedule is messed up. Ten o’clock at night seems like the perfect time to repair the tile grout, at midnight I’m thinking about making soap, but at nine in the morning I can’t even concentrate to return an email.

I realized today that since a cold front blew in and it gets dark so early, I haven’t seen the sun shine in a while. No wonder everything seems off. I’ll have to get outside this weekend. I hope it stays warm enough, I hate the cold.

I thought about posting some links for today, but I would rather just be quiet and put my computer away for now.

Thanks for reading.

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  1. Enjoy your quiet time, Rachel. I am really glad you figured out what works for you to enjoy the season! Merry Christmas. ;-)

  2. Thanks for posting this- you really inspired me with the not rushing Christmas thing, and unless I think really hard about the un-made handmade gifts, I’m doing pretty well. What I’m loving is being able to smile and say ‘nothing’ when people ask if there’s anything we really need. I don’t think I’ve felt that contentment in a while.

    Just 8 more days until it starts getting lighter again!

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  3. Time to breathe…. live well and enjoy Christmas :)

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  4. Thank you so much. I’m really enjoying your thoughts this year. I took time this year and really enjoyed putting up my tree rather than making it a contest to get it done. I also watched as my 18 year old put up our other tree with help from one of the cats. It too was lovely and not a chore.

    Thank you again…….. the sun is up here in Florida and the sky is blue – wishing you sunshine.

  5. yes, it is dark here at 4:30 and with my early work hours I want to go to bed at 7:30 which then makes for an early wake on a Saturday. So, I am on the opposite end of you but I hear ya!

  6. There really is nothing quite like quiet time. Enjoy it.

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  7. I got up early this morning before everyone was awake. I found I am not ussually a morning person however this morning was different. I love the few moments of nothing, a cup of coffee. Brings some sanity back in to our lives! Who says we have to have every minute of the day planned!

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  8. Sometimes the quiet time is all you need to get things back in perspective. Even quiet time outside for a walk might help you out! Have a great weekend.

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  9. Sandra Gonzales says:

    Ooooh, the tile grout repair perked my interest. Please tell us about your adventures with grout when you get the chance.

  10. Lovely thoughts, and great decision!

  11. There’s something very comforting about quieting ourselves…enjoy these moments…

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  12. Sometimes the greatest gift we can give to others and to ouselves at Christmastime is peace, and simplifying our lives is the best way to achieve that peace. Thanks for the gentle reminder- may you enjoy this stillness and comfort that it brings!

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