Each year at about this time I have that one obligatory moment of panic in honor of the impending holiday season. It's the direct result of pondering everything that has to get done between Thanksgiving and the New Year. No matter how you slice it, the holidays are hectic. Decorations have to go up, parties have to be planned, gifts have to be bought, wrapped and, because some people are just that hard to buy for, returned. There's pressure to get it all right. To be the best host or hostess. To buy the perfect gift. To get into that little black dress (for her) and that favorite navy and black suit jacket (for me), despite the number of cutout cookies we may have allegedly consumed. But, I've made a decision. This year we're going to cut ourselves a little slack. We're going to let ourselves off the hook for being perfect and instead focus on being present. Consider this blog to be our communal permission slip to let a few things go this holiday season. It may mean a few halls go un-decked or that the mailman gets the same Starbucks gift card he got last year, but that's okay because letting go of perfection makes room for intention. So, this holiday season let's all intend to make time for movie night by the glow of white tree lights, hot chocolate and laughter by the fire and the happy satisfaction of knowing no store line for holiday presents kept you from being present for those you love. Cheers!