The Benefits of Home Alone

Cassandra Tondro, "Seismic Shift," collage art

Hi Friends,

It turns out that spending Christmas home alone is lovely! I talked to a few family members and friends on the phone. I had time for an extra-long meditation. I laid in the sun with my cat, Luci, and took a walk around the neighborhood. I read an interesting book and watched the birds in my yard. It was quiet, peaceful and wonderful. I didn’t feel deprived or lonely at all.

I’ve become a big fan of scaled-down holidays, and my mom had a similar experience. She said she was relieved not to have to plan, shop, wrap, clean and cook, all in anticipation of one special day. And another benefit is that there’s no post-Christmas exhaustion and let down.

I enjoy getting together with people, but not when there’s so much pressure to make it a perfect day with enforced happiness and cheer.

Once again the pandemic has given me an opportunity to experience something in a new way, and I like it. I don’t think there’s any going back to the way things were before. I’m looking for more simple and fulfilling holiday traditions.

COVID continues to be a big problem here in California, and it looks like we’re going to be in lockdown for quite a while. I had been hoping to show all of my “Surviving Lockdown” collages together, but shows aren’t happening these days. So I’m releasing the collages for purchase. You can see all of my available collages here.

What changes have you made to your life because of the pandemic? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,

Collage at top: “Seismic Shift,” 16 x 20 inches, collage on canvas panel


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