Magazine article Working Mother

The Last Word

Magazine article Working Mother

The Last Word

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The Evans Christmas is an intense tradition. For decades we've traveled between Chicago and New York to bring our small but mighty family of four households together. Danish food, accordion music, opening gifts one at a time, the same decorations year after year, schedules of family fun, constant picture taking-these are elements of an Evans Christmas that cannot be altered.

After the joy and chaos are over and the goodbyes are said comes my own personal holiday. I call it Open Aperture. Like the moment the lens on my camera clicks opens and the light enters, this is a magical time when my mind opens, hovering between the old and new year, ready to let ideas and connections form and soar. Amidst the postholiday- year-end exhaustion, like a runner at the end of a race, I just have to collapse into the arms of this holiday and let it happen.

Once I named this personal holiday, I started looking forward to it and planning for it. I now know I have this once-a-year refresh on my life and avoid the resolutions debacle that used to cause such disappointment. Instead of resolving to change, I allow myself to connect past and future in a resolute continuum. …

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