Kat tagged me last week with a fun challenge: what five things would I put on my wish list this Christmas? I was inspired by her responses too, which went beyond consumption and the frivolous. Much more to the heart of the matter.
And so I pondered my own wish list, and this is what I came up with:
Ritual - I want a sense of ritual. Christmas is a complicated time in mine and Ms L's lives. We have some particularly challenging family stuff that has always made Christmas a bit fraught. I want to create rituals for our little family and bring our own Christmas story to life.
Slow - I want to navigate the season with a sense of peace and grace. It already feels so frenetic out there in the world. People seem rushed, harried and willing to trample each other to get their to-do list ticked off. It's the thing I hate most about Christmas. I want to take time, choose gifts with care and wrap them with love. I want to connect with people. I want to bake treats. I want to feel relaxed. I want to go slow.
Christmas Spirit - sometimes Christmas feels so fraught and so harried that I find myself dreading it. I'm always much happier when I have some Christmas cheer about me and get into the spirit of the season. So I am wishing for a good dose of Christmas spirit, time spent with people I love and the opportunity to give generously to those in need.
A Fresh Start - it feels risky saying this one out loud, but I'm doing it all the same. I want a new job. I'm ready. I want to put my talents to great use. I want to grab hold of something and really make it my own. I want to feel more rewarded each day - financially and emotionally.
And on the purely consumerist side of things - I really, really, really want an iPad!
I'm not a big fan of tagging people but I'd love to read your wish lists, if you feel so inclined. Leave your list in the comments or a link to your own post and I'll pop over and check it out.