The City Sage: Reflections on the Gift of a Quiet Christmas

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December 26, 2012


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Have to say, I am loving being able to follow you on this new journey, Anne. Lots of love + Merry Christmas!

Vanessa joie

beautifully written. I did not face my solitary christmas with as much grace. lots of love to you!

jill johnson

well said. happy christmas to you & may you have still seas ahead in 2013, when you need them...and a strong wind from time to time.


What a beautiful post. I often read your blog, but I really wanted to comment on this post because it was so lovely! A very happy Christmas to you. x


Just found this post and am excited to explore your whole blog! Beautiful sentiments.


I needed to read this today. Thank you!


wonderful post, Anne. I so wish I had done the same. my head is filled with noise. I need some quiet time in the worst way to sort it all out.

much love and contentment to you. xo

chandra / oh lovely day

merry christmas anne! my husband and I do something similar, although we aren't alone since we have each other and our son. But we much prefer the quiet, relaxed Christmas at our home in LA to the hustle and bustle traveling nightmare (b/c all travel usually is with a 2 yr old), then the rushing from house to house to visit everyone for 5 minutes and then on to the next. we just enjoyed our own little family, and a quite neighborhood walk, and playing with a new toy and watching a movie together after Charlie goes to bed. we do miss our families, but, being alone at home is so nice. Glad you had a nice holiday as well.


what a lovely post anne. sometimes you need a bit of alone time, and it's even scarier to do it at a time when you feel like you should be surrounded by people. i'm glad you were able to do what makes you happy, at your own pace, in your own time. bravo...and happy holidays! xo

Pat Schneider

How insightful. Thank you. I sense a change in how you will be using your writing/blog. While I thoroughly enjoy the posts on fashion and decorating, please let some of your thoughts on living peek through. We're all in this together!

robin pulsifer

wow. again, wishing i could meet you for coffee ;) i've too participated in months of reflection, similar to yours. i did not spend christmas alone but would have welcomed it with open arms. i loved this post.


Yes! Yes you do. You have always had everything you need and always will. Love this post, love you!


Merry CHristmas, Anne. This was so lovely and it really touched me. xoxo


Loved this. Thank you for such a touching piece about solitude and the importance of your inner voice. Reminds me of Mary Oliver's Poem, West Wind #2.



Cori Magee

I am impressed and a little jealous. I don't think I would be strong enough to do what you did. In fact, I'm sitting here back at work after a week and I'm sad. But looking within and feeling satisfaction with my own life might be the key!
Congrats to your accomplishment. xo

Amy Anderson


To everything in this post. Well said.


I too had my first Christmas alone. Scary at first, yet so fulfilling. As I take the days that follow I am


I love this post, Anne. Not only is it so well written but it articulates feelings that I have had regarding the holidays. This year, in particular, felt so manic and full and all I wanted was peace and simplicity.

Your post also made me think about the importance of being alone sometimes. Of learning and nurturing our spirits.

Wishing you an intentional and peaceful new year!!


What a beatiful post. Just found your blog from Kendi Everyday. Love it!
New follower!

Erica Howard

We had a similar experience this year! Best to you for a year ahead filled with happiness, gratitude and light.


What a wonderful post Anne! I think we all need to take some time to reflect on ourselves and be alone with our thoughts. I love the insights you are sharing lately. Happy New Year!!

Jenn Stark

beautiful! xx


so beautifully written. so real and true. you rock my socks off for reading martha stewart. guilty pleasure in which i blame my mother on. happy new year.

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