My family decided not to exchange gifts this year. As a result, we have been much less frantic with the holiday season. We're not stressed about going shopping, competing for parking spaces, going elbow to elbow with others at the mall, or overextending ourselves financially. We have found ourselves in a perioed of great contentment, despite everything being so not perfect. What a blessing it will be to actually practice the "presence over presents" rule, and enjoy how blissfully messy our lives are right now.
Work on the film continues with great speed. Our filmmaking family continues to grow, and I feel that is one of the greatest gifts Santa could bring. Many hands make light work, for certain. And with each person that joins the team, I grow more and more free to focus on what must happen to get it finished.
My wish for you, my friends, is at least a few moments of hope, love, joy and peace--no matter what holiday you're celebrating this time of year.
Photo credit: EG and Charlie Long