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Ever-passionate about slow living, adoption and design (plus window-down, top-of-the-lung car singing), Erin Loechner is author of Chasing Slow and founder of Design for Mankind. While blogging and speaking for more than a decade, Erin’s heartfelt writing and design work has been showcased in The New York Times, Lucky, Parenting, Dwell, Marie Claire, Elle Decor, Huffington Post, and a two-season HGTV.com web special, garnering over one million fans worldwide. Now nestled in a Midwestern town, Erin, her husband, and two kids strive for less in most areas except three: joy, grace, and goat cheese.
Tell us about your holiday habits.
We have a fairly minimal approach to gift-giving in our house — less is definitely more! Instead, it’s the everyday traditions of the season we seek after — the lingering puzzle, the Bing Crosby album, making candied pecans for neighbors — and we do our best to integrate those small treats all season long, rather than big moments under the tree. In that vein, we do strive for meaningful, significant, and quality gifts, as I find that what my family appreciates most about the holidays is a stronger sense of togetherness. My mother, year after year, begs for just one thing: our family all in one place, preferably with a camera nearby!
When we take the time to shape what could be, we find that our priorities leave us full. What are you making room for this holiday?
I’m holding quite a bit of space for impromptu gatherings this winter. I have a tendency to trick myself into thinking events must be elaborate and parties must be planned, but we’ve had some of the loveliest, most meaningful times together just foraging the fridge and playing board games around the table. This season, the message we’ve sent to our community is simple: Come in, come in, come in — the door is always ajar.
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