Without so many outside chores, winter has also been a great time to work on making products. We’ve added a few new items to our line…candles, body oil, lip balm, mini lotion, and a new joy bucket. We are happy with the results of these products which we’ve been working on for a while now. If you haven’t seen them yet, be sure to check them out on this website.
While we've moved forward in many areas this month, we've held back in others. As Christmas dashed by, it left us feeling a little more sentimental celebrating with those we love the most. A part of us longed to hang on to it. It’s cheer. It’s warmth. The most wonderful time of the year. This year, it seemed even more so.
When visiting my precious Mama in the nursing home right after the holidays, she wanted me to take down her decorations. I tried to convince her to leave the tree up for a little while longer since I knew she had enjoyed gazing at the lights. But, she insisted the tree be taken away because, “everybody else had taken theirs down.” I sadly obliged, hating to remove anything that might give her joy.
As I later put away my own Christmas décor, I found myself resisting taking my tree down this season. For the first time in a while, we had a small artificial tree that wasn’t in the way. We had put it up later than usual and I still enjoyed it being there with its soft lights and ornaments collected over the years. As the New Year came and went, the tree continued to glow.
On the 9th of the month, my dear Aunt Gerrie unexpectedly passed away. The tree then became more. A symbol of the joyous Christmas we had so recently celebrated with her in our presence, not knowing we would lose her so soon. The dark and sad days of this month were somehow lifted by the light of the little tree.
The calendar dictates much of our lives to us. We schedule. Make lists. Plan. Move forward. Those are good things. But, we also need to listen to our hearts. Carve out times of reflection. Slow down. Take time to grieve. Meditate. Pray.
There’s nothing magical about the Christmas tree that is still up in our living room. It’s just something I needed during this season. When we listen to our hearts, we’re open to doing things differently. And that’s okay. It’s a little thing. Sometimes we need to allow ourselves to linger just a bit longer in the warmth of a season that we’re just not quite ready to leave. Life isn’t always about hurrying to the next thing. The calendar may tell us it’s time to move on, but it’s not healthy to ignore the cry of our souls to slow down.
Wishing you all warmth and light in the season you’re in…