Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Peace Begins at Home

The Christmas season brings out the hippie in me. You know... peace, goodwill toward my fellow humans, sharing, feeding the hungry, love, huddling together to keep warm. And there are all kinds of iconic images around that bring those caring-for-each-other qualities to mind... stars, bells, twinkling lights, babies in mangers, doves, wreaths on front doors... and peace signs.

This is the wreath we hang up every year... no cedar boughs or big red bow... but I think it conveys what the season ought to be all about. (Yes, it's a hula hoop.)
Peace, baby... make love, not war.

The house is also dripping with good old fashioned tiny white lights this year... you know, the non-LED kind that make our power meter spin a little faster?

I've been fiddling around with creating a Christmas card this year. Definitely a peace theme... but otherwise, a little non-traditional in terms of other classic Christmas colors and designs. Some of you *may* get some version of this card this year, if I get my act together. Until then... here's a little work-in-progress sneak peek:

HAPPY CHRISTMAS, everyone....  may the PEACE of this season descend upon you and make you see what's important in life! Give a little more to the homeless shelter, or the food bank. Take the time to watch It's a Wonderful Life... not just once, but a couple of times. Do some yoga. Put on the soundtrack to the Charlie Brown Christmas for a little instant joy and calm. Call the ones you love and tell them what they mean to you. Stress not... for in a few short weeks, it will be a new year. Start deciding how it will be different right now.