Tuesday, December 2, 2014

In Preparation for Christmas

I genuinely get a little nervous every year around Christmastime, questioning if I'm being disrespectful to say I celebrate Christmas. This year I think my head has figured out a satisfying answer. I like to think there are two different Christmases--and I like to think that's okay. One is a religious holiday for Christians to celebrate Jesus Christ, and the other is "the Christmas spirit," which belongs to anyone else who believes in spreading happiness and kindness. I like to think as long as you're not disrespecting the original meaning of Christmas whilst celebrating the secondary meaning, it's no act of blasphemy. But that's just what I like to think. What do you think?

Nevertheless, Silkworm and I have been preparing for months now. We've already sent a package to my best friend at college--not like it made a dent in our to-do list. Here's a peek of what's been happening and what's to come for Zauberbear!



Being that December 1st was a Monday, we've already started doing a Mission of Magic every Monday with yesterday's mission. Stay tuned for more, and that playlist, and our greeting card photo, and a bunch of other wonderful updates!



















17 comments:

  1. I absolutely agree that there do seem to be two different Christmases being celebrated now! My family embraces both : ) We love advent and our church services and anticipating the coming of Christ, and then we also enjoy gift-making and giving, the caroling, decorations and lights, and Christmas parties!

    We just got out all our Christmas boxes from the basement, and the Christmas tree is set to come today. I set up our Advent calendar, too. Most of it involves candy, with some little gifts on special December days like St. Nicholas's day (where we set out our shoes), Solstice, Christmas eve, and each Sunday. Our stockings will be hung up soon, the caroling party has been scheduled, I'm diligently practicing my Christmas music, our Christmas concerts are scheduled for my guitar students, and I've mostly got our gifts planned! This is a beautiful season, as long as you don't let the busyness overtake the joyfulness : )

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    1. Ohh, fancy, your house sounds like a lovely place to spend Christmas! Christmas totally doesn't last just one day--it's definitely a season, and I love it for that.

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  2. I actually don't celebrate Christmas, except with family (sort of like a compromise, since it means things to them and I love them)-- I celebrate the changing of seasons, transformations, natural motion of time, etc etc. That said, I was thinking of this sort of thing yesterday, and how I think Christmas (and any holiday) is meaningful through tradition. Not necessarily specifically religion or even the spirit of giving, but practicing meaningful rituals related to the reason why you want to celebrate the holiday. So I totally support anyone who wants to celebrate for any reason (even if Christmas isn't for me) and I don't think there's an A and B way to engage in festivities -- they're all traditions anyway :)

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    1. I love that, the concept of celebrating changes and the seasons and everything that was here from the very beginning. I think most of me only celebrates the holidays this time of year because everyone else celebrates them and it's a huge way to feel connected. I feel too complicated to say I don't celebrate Christmas, but when people tell me they don't celebrate Christmas per say, I'm like, "You're so cool!" I don't know. There's so many ways to interpret every little piece of the world, no wonder there are billions of people on the planet and still no one is the same as anyone else!

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  3. You are so adorable. And I love your pet rat. I had two when I was younger and I really enjoyed them.

    I agree about your stance on celebrating Christmas. I think it encourages joy and giving, regardless of whether you're Christian or not. And how is that a bad thing? Also, twinkle lights. I mean those are always good.

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    1. You're so sweet, thank you! Oh gosh, I cannot tell you how much I associate string lights with Christmas, seriously, just having the white lights lining my ceiling that I used to have made me think of Christmas in the middle of spring, oh my goodness.

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  4. agh! these pictures and your sweater is so festive and everything and wow i'm about to go crazy because i love christmas the holiday and the season so much ok. :D

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    1. YES Christmas is here bringing good cheer the whole world around me feels like a cup of tea right now and it's wonderful I can't get enough of it. ♥

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  5. have a wonderful holiday season :)

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  6. I totally agree with 2 separate Christmas'! For our family christmas revolves around the whole family getting together and just appreciating each others company and stories. Christmas to me is strongly attached to a feeling, so although I don't celebrate it for the religious sense it's still a sacred day but for different reasons!

    I love Silkworm's entire collection of jumpers you've made him and I definitely need to get my December to do list in order!
    xx

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    1. You understand my feelings better than I do. Or you're a whiz with words. Both are probably equally true.

      Thank you! I have to make a few more and then we plan on photographing all of them for a post about his whole wardrobe someday! He started off as hat-wearin' kinda guy, but once I figured out sleeves weren't all that hard to make at all (at least for a tiny stuffed animal), he has a thing for sweaters now!

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  7. What a wonderful post, I can't wait for Christmas!
    And this might sounds weird, but did you just get bangs recently? They look really nice on you. :)
    Amy xx

    Perfect Imperfections

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    1. Thank you so much, I cut them myself! I just walked up to my mom and told her I wanted bangs and then I was at the mirror in the bathroom snipping off my hair. Spontaneous much! They've been keeping my brain at optimal temperature for inspiration, so I'd say it was a good decision.

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  8. I am really tired right now and the Christmas and cuteness is too much for me. I seriously need a silkworm in my life. Maybe I can get Urtle the turtle a Christmas costume. Can I come and stay with you and Silkworm for Christmas pls? Christmas jumpers forever, summer sun never (or at least not right now). <3

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    1. Awhaha I wish you could come stay with us for Christmas! It's freezing over here, but it does make good weather for Christmas sweaters all day long. <3

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  9. That sweater is amazing! I love the photos of the three of you guys too!

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