Today is my father in law’s birthday. And this month marks the beginning of a 6 month period of celebrations. We all have birthdays, anniversaries, advent, Christmas day, New Year, Chinese New Year…….it is a really busy time. I have never been good at saying no to children’s parties so we usually have some special event for the small people…..and most likely the big ones too. As my own special day approaches I have reflected on how I would like to celebrate, what I would “like” for my birthday. I think this question is harder as you get older, busier and wiser. I don’t need things, I would like experiences, time, love, words of encouragement. I love beauty, good design and fabulous food. Music that transports you to a new space, an idea that makes sense of life, a practice that helps me do life better. A truth about Him that steadies me. What do you like for birthdays? Any suggestions….for me and all the mouths I have to feed?

3 thoughts on “Birthdays…celebrations”

  1. A handwritten letter! A mixed CD of songs chosen especially for me. Mixed bulbs for the garden with no labels, so that there's a surprise in months to come. Some balls of wool and a promise of knitting lessons (a present from aunty Gabrielle when I was little!). A handmade card. Anything handmade. x

  2. Yes! I already saw that, and it made me laugh, because the Lumsden clan has quite independently decided on something similar, this year. It's a Kris Kringle where we either give something we own but no longer need or want, or something we've made. Easy peasy for hoarders like me – I own so many lovely things that I'd be glad to give to a good home! I find it interesting how attractive this idea is to people. Buying new things is such a minefield of ethical considerations that it can be exhausting. More and more people seem to be feeling the same thing – and there was not a word of objection from any member of the family on this one. Are we finally reaching saturation-point with 'stuff'?
    x H.

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