Ok, I am resolving not to work myself into a tinsel wrapped tizzy over Christmas this year. To this end, I have created something of a seasonally appropriate manifesto. I will: #1. Start buying gifts early.
#2. Avoid the mall at all costs.
#3. Spend my free time enjoying lights and smelling delicious trees (and eating eating eating).
I refuse to make this season about expensive electronics and fancy shit no one really cares about. I will buy vintage, unique, handmade; I will not buy sharp edged, plastic crap. I will not become a holiday hating grinch, despite past performances that speak to the contrary. I might even crack a smile or two.
My current hero and inspiration:
Jacques-Henri Lartigue, a photographer whose career began at the tender age of six and spanned almost 100 years.
There is a certain zany elegance in Lartigue's images. As a young man, he exuberantly captured the moment in a radically changing society.
With works beginning in the early 1900's, Lartigue's photos document a modern era emerging from the sooty darkness of the industrial revolution. Drunk on freedom and the shiny newness of technology, everything is a celebratory event met with wonder and awe.
So, this Christmas I'm going to (try to) lose the jaded cynicism with which I generally approach things.
Don't worry -- I'm sure it will come back sooner rather than later. But I think I just might like to spend the rest of the year doing cartwheels in the yard with Ike.
Buy the book for someone special here. It's the autobiography of a life well lived.