Quiet Time

Tomorrow, my family and I take off for our traditional pre-Christmas winter yurting trip on the Oregon Coast. It may sound like a family psych experiment, and it is. :)

Years ago I heard an NPR story about “good stress.” Basically, the body responds to good stress in the same ways that it responds to bad stress (tension, loss of sleep, higher blood pressure, etc.). The example given was of kids during the holidays being whipped into heights of expectations. And waiting. And hoping. Hopefully, with a grand mal payoff of family gift ripping bliss.

I remember some Christmases like that, but more so I remember the rather irritating days leading up to “the day.” Not much to do, bad traffic, crowds.

Yurt PicturesAnyway, for the past several years we’ve gone yurting on the Oregon Coast for three or four nights before Christmas, and then drive home on Christmas Eve. It’s a nice way to spend some time at a favorite campground (Beverly Beach), explore the winter coast, see Newport, visit the aquarium, look at sailboats, and read in the heated yurt. This can all be done, rain or shine, cold or warm. It’s fun to go someplace quiet and interesting.

This has been so popular, we now do the same at Thanksgiving.

So, that’s where we’re going tomorrow. We have all we need for the holidays right there.

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