Even the 'simplest' of handmade, mellow holidays happens with a flurry. A beautiful, busy, full-of-family, good food, and lots of love kind of flurry that's wonderful.
Equally wonderful, I do think, is the rest that comes after the flurry. This week of 'in-between' holidays - when there are no more presents or things to make/bake/wrap/clean. When the house is full of leftovers and the kids (and Mama and Papa, too) are for the most part, happily engaged in their new treats, and 'full' from the love and attention of visiting and celebrating family.
These in between days feel as though they're one glorious excuse for a pause and reflection in this season of celebration. Surely there's lots that could/should/ought to be done. But really...the most important thing I think we should be doing is nothing. Keeping the dining room table clear enough for all the game-playing that's happening; keeping the sofa clear (thanks for all the love yesterday!) for all that lounging, reading, baby-gazing and non-holiday leisurely knitting around here. Everything else can wait.
I hope there's a bit of that wonderful nothing happening right now in your world, too.