We may have two weeks off for Winter Break, but the second week is really the break I get.
The first week is always spent playing Christmas prep catch-up--the buying, the baking, the wrapping and the sending. Sure, there was some groundwork laid before break, but most of those efforts went towards work, getting goodies to colleagues before we all scurried out of the building on that last day. The priorities always seem to fall in that order: holiday at work, then taking care of out-of-country and out-of-state family, then local.
Christmas Day comes with a silent cheer of "Whew! We made it!".
Then the day after Christmas arrives, with the promise of a quiet week ahead. We've adopted a Twelve Days of Christmas mentality in our home; decorations stay up until January 6th, so each morning I can meditate by the light of our Christmas tree. I send most of our cards out now, not in a rush, but with time to think about and treasure the recipients. Cookies are delivered to neighbors, the mail carrier, the garbage truck drivers. I have time to set intentions for the coming year, time to read, time to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee on the front porch.
This is the week I look forward to each year, this time between Christmas and New Year's Day--my quiet week.
Wishing all my fellow Slicers a happy, healthy, and blessed New Year!