Christmas has passed, with all those expectations, the realities and the varying contrasts between them. By the end of the week comes New Year, with another set of expectations. But right now are the days in between – some of my favorite days of the year.
In Swedish, they are simply called “Mellandagarna”. Not just any days between other days, but these days between December 26:th (the Swedish Christmas holiday is 3 days long) and December 31:st. The schools have Christmas holidays, and since we have generous vacations (5 weeks is minimum per year by law) a lot of people take time off. Time to wind down a bit after the efforts of Christmas.
For some time to shop, or maybe exchange a Christmas gift for something else. Not for me – my “Buy No Things Period” is still in effect. (And even if it wasn’t I generally buy things when I need them, not when some store wants to ge rid of them.)
For me, these days offer the best gift there is in this age: uninterrupted time. Time to think things trough. Time to make plans, and evaluate plans made before. Time for my yearly ritual of summarizing this last year, and thinking about what I want to focus on next year. To declutter both in our home and in my mind. And time to connect with the people I care about. To share my insights, ideas, and plans with Mr. Livslevandes (I try to keep him updated all year long, but now he has the time to listen too…)
And also time to fill up my mind with ideas and stories. To finish a book all the way through. To catch up on the tv shows I like well enough to spend time on and give new ones a shot.
Actually, as I am writing this, I realize that one of my goals for next year will be to have more days like these. And not just one week in December. I work part-time, and since last summer I’ve been working only 3 days a week, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. That means that all my Tuesdays and Friday to Sundays actually are days in between… If I let them be.
Because that’s the thing, isn’t it? These days are so amazing because I’m just letting them unfold. Huh. Another insight to add to my summary of 2017…