Blogmas Day 16, ‘The Festive Hump’

According to Nadia and Kaye on their Friday walk to work this morning, today is a sort of ‘festive hump day’. The Wednesday of the average working week. We don’t have that Wednesday thing in our house because we work odd hours, but there is definitely something odd about today……

Today is ‘that day’, the one where the festive feeling falls more than a little bit flat. Us grown ups are exhausted and have way too much to get done even with our simpler approach this year, while the kids are fed up with the hype and just want our attention. Presence over presents most definitely. They need their rhythm back. We all do. Rhythm is the most magical part of Waldorf and since establishing ours we really feel it when it gets off balance. 



Each year the December madness gets a bit less fun and a heap more exhausting and stressful. This year we simplified the activities and scaled back the gift giving but it isn’t enough. The kids aren’t really bothered about the gifts or the activities, they just want their rhythm back and are as sick of seeing us rush around trying to get everything done as we are of doing it. The crazy part is I actually have no idea why we do it to ourselves, I actually prefer the idea of celebrating the Winter Solstice with a handmade gift swap, which we are also doing this year. Maybe it’s because we’ve been living a simpler life since really digging into Waldorf or maybe it’s always been there……

So, instead of continuing to drag ourselves through the festive chaos, from tomorrow we are stopping. Aside from our December tradition of a daily audio story and read aloud we are returning to our usual rhythm, looking towards the simple Solstice celebrations we have planned and keeping Christmas for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Lesson learned, less is so much more.





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