It’s a few days before Christmas, and whether you celebrate or not, it’s hard to escape it. I am one of those odd birds who actually adore Christmas, problematic appropriative scam that it is; I adore it so much in fact that I have 171 traditions that I enforce I MEAN CELEBRATE.

One of the challenges of blending families is figuring out how to handle different holidays and traditions. Last year it was especially tricky, because some of our kids still believed wholeheartedly in Santa Claus, while some of them knew that he isn’t “real” in the traditional sense. It meant a whole lot of juggling, and hiding wrapping paper, and whispered reminders.

This summer, though, there was a big revelation. An earnest question answered honestly. Heartbreak. Tears. The whole world of magic crumbling around them: Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy.

The thing is, I still believe in magic.

Not Hallmark magic, but REAL magic.

So I wrote a little picture book to help my kids reclaim that world of magic on different terms. And for today’s missive, I want to share it with you too.

I’m going to be honest, I feel a little squirmy sharing this with you. It’s not something I wrote for publication, or that is really ready to show to the world– but my kids needed it NOW, so I wrote it NOW, and decided done was better than perfect. And I think that this principle applies for so many of us, especially this season, that I decided to walk my talk and show you my imperfect, rough, but-made-with-enormous-amounts-of-love creation. Because I think that if we all did that, if we were a little less afraid of our rough unfinished tender edges, we might all remember to be a little kinder to each other. And we’d get to see a little bit more of each other’s magic.

So here’s a little bit of love, from my family to yours.

I’m wishing you joy, peace, and just enough frolics– this season and always. 

much love,

Anna

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