Like a lot of folks, I'm scrambling around, madly trying to get my Holiday shopping done. And then I read this article that suggests, "Have a Slow Holiday."
Ahhh. It is such a soothing concept -- and actually an idea that is not only good for our blood pressure, and family relations, but also for the world. Less driving around to malls, less buying of stuff that's going to be thrown out anyway. More cooking of food, the old fashioned way.
A few years ago, my daughters and I started a little neighborhood tradition that has become my favorite part of Christmas. Every year, we bake a whole bunch of oatmeal cookies with raisins. We put them in bags, decorated with hand-cut paper snowflakes. And then we walk around the neighborhood, giving them out to all the local families. It's so cheap, nobody feels guilty to get a present like this. And it provides a great opportunity just to walk up and down the street, talking to the people who live near to us -- but who we're sometimes too busy to visit with.
So instead of driving out to the mall to finish my shopping, I'm going to go home and bake some cookies.