Surprisingly, it has only been a little over a month since I last put some pen to paper, or phalanges to keyboard, which means that November was very long indeed. I’ll start off by saying I hope that you all had a lovely Thanksgiving! Ours was very nice, although I didn’t defrost our Cornish hens in time for Thursday dinner, so we delayed enjoying their quaint, deliciously-meaty flesh until the Sunday after. Yummy! :D
We got our first real snow in the valley this week, which felt a long time coming as well. Yeah, the traffic sucked and people are still idiots, but it was nice being able to take my dog out for a snowventure. She loves the stuff! And there’s something quite satisfying in bundling up, listening to the crunch of the snow, and returning home to a steaming mug of hot, chocolatey goodness! Mmm!
December is always a shock for a few reasons. For one, I am convinced that there are changes to the physical properties of the universe after October 31st (Nevada Day). Time accelerates, you feel like you’re at work longer, the sun is out 25% less, and sleep is less fulfilling and harder to find. In addition, you’re running around between activities, holiday dinners, shopping, sitting in traffic, and wondering where the heck the scissors wandered off to. Then comes the new year and everything slooooowwwwsssss to a crawwwwwwl until March.
‘Busy’ is the theme for the last quarter of the year, but this is also an important time for traditions. Some of my favorites are going to the movies late Christmas afternoon, waking up at 7:00 AM for stockings (not a minute sooner or there will be hell to pay!), and getting the tree and lights up. We Aaron’s also open the Christmas season the day after Thanksgiving by playing Bing Crosby’s Winter Wonderland. It has to be that arrangement by that artist or it doesn’t count – and it has to be the first song played. Honestly, I couldn’t tell you where that tradition came from, but we’ve been doing it for 20+ years, so it’s going to stick around!
I find that our traditions ground us, and give us a bit of calm amongst the turmoil. They’re also something fun to look forward to when the weight of the world becomes a bit too much. I’ve been accused of being a curmudgeon about Christmas – I get it from my father, and frankly, Christmas just isn’t our thing – but I’ve learned to find pieces of it that I enjoy, because those around me are enjoying it :-)
If there is one thing I want to get out of this holiday season it would be enjoying some nice, quiet evenings thinking back on the months of 2018, and feeling hopeful for a fresh batch coming in 2019. And walking my dog in another snow storm. And drinking all of the hot chocolate. All of it.