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A few days ago, the radio host on Marketplace Money asked his guest what his favorite Christmas song is, and the guest responded, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, because of the word little.”  It’s so easy to get caught up in the consumerism of Christmas, and little is a word not often used in a positive way this time of year.  But celebrating with few material goods just helps you open up to the wonders and gifts already present.  This year we had our first Christmas as a family–Mama, Papa and babe–and after a family Christmas Eve gathering at my parents’ house, we woke up at home in the yurt to a blue-sky cold day and celebrated with a morning walk, pulling Waylon in his new sled.  I am thankful for the holidays in a new way this year: to create our family’s traditions, to celebrate simply, to open our door to the gift of a winter’s day.

Karen, Papa and WaylonWaylon in his sledRosy cheeks on a cold morning!Mama and WaylonMay the rest of your year be filled with wonder~