Beginning with Thanksgiving, I noticed that a lot of our friends were breaking with tradition and giving themselves a break. Friends who had always hosted a huge, exhausting family dinner were accepting invitations to others' dinners instead. Forgoing trees. Letting themselves off the hook for buying extravagant gifts. Traveling abroad alone rather than sticking with the holiday habits. These plans don't need my approval, but I give it anyway.
Here at home, we had double reasons for moderation: I've been laid off for six months, and we're offloading in general. This all suited our laid-back natures beautifully; our two-foot potted tree sports a single, tasteful string of lights, and our front window the same.
Some of you know how discouraged I've become with the onset of real winter and the onset of setting on my butt. That's why I'm so grateful for your thoughtfulness and support. You may think we've gone crazy, but you're behind us anyway.