Back in 2018, we held the first of what we’d hope would become a new annual holiday tradition, All Is Calm. Being that we do all of our Christmas festivities on Christmas Eve (as is the tradition of my wife’s Norwegian heritage), Christmas Day was largely a day of reset and relaxation for us. Here’s what I wrote about it back then:
My wife and I have settled on the following idea; about mid morning we’ll start up the fire, light some nice smelling candles, lounge around in comfy clothes, put on some quiet music, and read books all day. But we’re going to make a “thing” out of it and invite any of our friends in town who wish to join us to stop on by with a book of their own. We’ll have some drinks and snacks around for people to enjoy as well. All we ask is that you come prepared to keep things library style and enjoy a bit of peace with us this day.
The idea became reality and was a tremendous success. We had friends stop by with books, craft projects, quiet conversation, and just a general spirit of community.
Like I said, we’d hoped to make it an annual tradition… Then a pandemic got in the way.
But now that things are back to some semblance of normal, we’ve decided to start things back up again this year. So, if you’re in the Twin Cities on Christmas Day, stop on by. We’d love to see you.