Brood Letter 16 | Low Lift Magic Making

by Brood

It’s that time of year! You know the one. The holiday season snuck up on us at Brood, did it for you?

We were inspired by our friend and writer, Liz Hammond’s social post about feeling the pressure to do ALL THE THINGS during the holiday season. Which is not only stressful to manage (are you the magic maker in the family?) but it can be very expensive! Somehow tickets to see Santa up on Grouse Mountain are close to $100?! Nope. We are not subscribing this year. Instead, we are reflecting on all the ways our families or friends have created magic in our lives for little to no money, but with lots of love and joy.

My dad, who is originally from Denmark, was really good at casting winter spells this time of year. Every Christmas Eve, he would dress up as Santa, bringing his (real) gas lantern, sack full of god knows what, and he would walk up the neighbourhood streets “looking for the entryway” of homes. All the kids in the neighbourhood would wait for him at their windows to walk by. Now, this is not a sitting-on-Santa’s-lap situation (ew), in fact if Santa even sees you, it’s no good. This created a separation between my dad and the kids and honestly, made it even more exciting and special. One year, I was old enough to know that Santa wasn’t “real” and I was expecting my dad to leave for an hour, as he did every Christmas Eve. I was SURE it was him and I felt grown up in that cute 7 year old way. Well, he got wind of this so he tasked another dad in the crew to play the role so that I might get one more year of sparkle and awe out of the tradition. Now that I have my own kiddo, my dad has brought the suit back out and has carried on this tradition for his grandkid. 

With so much going on in the world, finding small ways to bring a little light and sparkle, without adding too much more to our plates, feels more important than ever. Need some low-lift ideas? How about baking cookies; lighting candles and get that Hygge feeling when the sun goes down; take early evening walks with hot bevvies down the streets with the most lights; a day time fire on the beach or in the snowy mountains; dress up your dog like a reindeer and do a little photoshoot; throw this this fireplace on your TV; or if you’re lucky, nominate someone in your life to be Santa from afar. Whatever holiday you celebrate, we hope you find moments of gratitude and joy amidst the chaos. 

We’ve spent some time reflecting on our year, and hope you’ll read on to learn more.

G.

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