Thursday, December 6, 2007
Day 5 - Keeping it Simple
Today is Saint Nicholas, for some people the official start of the holiday season. My first instinct was of course to DO something about that fact. Order some books, bake cookies shaped like the old guy, bring out shoes to fill with little gifts. None if which was part of my or Patrick's childhood, none of which anyone I know really does. But could I knowingly pass up an opportunity to make a minor fuss over something related to the holidays? I could and I did. I took a deep breath and said, nope, not adopting another tradition no matter how cute. I have enough on my plate celebrating, explaining and making meaningful for my children the Nativity story, the Santa Claus myths and Twelfth Night or the Feast of the Three Kings which is celebrated in Spain and which I really do want to make part of our holiday tradition.
So my way of enjoying the season today is remembering that I don't have to do everything to have a good time. In fact, that I have a better time when I keep it simple.
Plus, today is already a celebration in our family, it's my nephew Nico's nameday. Feliz santo, Nico!
Image from La Legende de Saint Nicolas available on the St. Nicholas Center, a wonderful place to learn more about the real Santa.