Wednesday, December 11, 2013

New Holiday Tradition

This year to celebrate the holidays we're trying out a new tradition (trying something we'd like to become a tradition I suppose) and I thought I'd share it with you. Maybe you'd like to try it too.

We will be putting out our holiday decorations on the 21st (solstice). Then for the next three days (22nd, 23rd, and 24th) we will be going on an electricity fast. No lights, no computers, no television, no smart phones. We will be making some exceptions- we will still use the stove to cook. Sadly we have an electric stove, but this wouldn't be a problem if we had gas. And we will answer our phones if family or friends CALL to wish us happy holidays.

The hope is that we will rid ourselves of all distractions and really REALLY experience what the holidays are supposed to be about- connection, family, love, joy, growth, and appreciation.

We've got a list of holiday crafts to make, foods to cook, games to play, books to read. We're stocked up on firewood and candles. We've made and tested out that tea light flower pot heater (link in comments) (although if it is too chilly I have no qualms about turning the heat up, which runs on gas). Then on the 25th we'll open gifts and host an extended family dinner party.

I'm excited about it. If you do something similar, please share your experiences!

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