We said farewell to Christmas today. In the morning, Liz and I took down the tree, washed the linens, and swept up the needles. I made gift tags out of the Christmas cards, re-reading notes and thinking about old friends. After getting home from school, Helen made a Three Kings Cake while I wrapped the final gift in gold tissue paper bound by stars. Here is Liz opening it. Both girls were very curious.
Then we were to fill the boxes with little stars on which we wrote suggestions for fun things to do. These had to be things that slowed us down, de-stressed us, and made us happy. The girls immediately got to work filling their boxes with ideas such as "take a bubble bath", read a poetry book, take a walk in the woods, make a pot of tea and read a book, make a collage, spend the afternoon altering books, paint for an hour, make tea and "meet" a new composer, etc.
We then had dinner--a warm stew, star biscuits, and the Three Kings Cake decorated with pears cut in the shape of stars. Here's our cake with a candle in the middle and the star boxes around the edge. The girls were really proud of their boxes.
My hope for these little stars is that they will guide us and remind in the coming weeks as we get caught up in school, work, rehearsals, midterms, and all the other bits of life that seem to be sweeping us away that we should stop, feed our inner-selves, and just be. This final gift was really a gift we each gave to ourselves.