It’s finally and already December! October leaves and pumpkin spiced everything had me eagerly anticipating the holiday season, but then Thanksgiving rolled around just like that and we are now all suddenly in the mad dash towards Christmas (and everything else that needs to get done and be enjoyed by the end of the year!).
It’s easy to get caught up in the rush, but I’ve decided to (try) to do things a little differently this year – take this December like a good piece of dark chocolate (biting off a little at a time and savoring every moment of it). 🙂
So, here’s my attempt at doing this. I’m starting to capture a few pictures along the way this month and reflect on the simple joys and abundant blessings each one represents.
I know Thanksgiving is in November, but it’s so close…it’s basically like December, right? Here’s a picture of our first Thanksgiving dinner in this house with some close family and friends. It was a beautiful day full of ringing doorbells, ridiculous kitchen mishaps, laughter bouncing off of the walls, and shared memories. I know we will look back on this picture of our first Thanksgiving together with a heart full of gratitude.
We let ourselves indulge in one Black Friday/Cyber Monday purchase (per person of course) this year. We had been on the look out for new laptops as both of ours had started to hit the sloth-like, falling apart stage of existence. But the best part of it all was the huge smile on my husband’s face when we started to open the packages. I could see the little boy inside of him, all giddy with excitement! It was just precious.
We woke up over the weekend to find that the world had frosted and iced over just a little…a perfect teaser for the first snowfall of the year. I looked out my kitchen window to find this beauty – one lone, mighty leaf in the midst of little, baby icicles! I hope that I never lose the wonder that is the changing of seasons.
Also the day after Thanksgiving, I just couldn’t resist. I’ve always dreamed of living in a house with stairs (or at least some kind of railing) where I can string garland and lights for Christmas. My dreams finally came true! It’s also really meaningful that the majority of these ornaments and decorations came from my parents. They’ve been looking to “lighten their load” after having lived in the same house for the last almost 25 years and when we made the big halfway-across-the-country-move last year, they packed us a little box of Christmas. My husband said I looked like a little girl digging excitedly through all the garland, lights, and glitter. Christmas and presents seem to bring out the little kid inside both of us!
Of course I had a list of all these things I was going to get done over the holiday weekend. The list went from 10+ things to one thing – knitting and crocheting my little heart out. This is just one of the items I got done as a present for a little special someone. Plus, we actually need this kind of winter wear here…which is also a perfect excuse to go crazy with my needles and bajillion skeins of yarn (you think I’m kidding…).
That’s the roundup of pictures for now (I mean, it’s only December 1st…I guess I cheated a little with all the Thanksgiving weekend snapshots 😉 ). There’s a lot more to look forward to in the coming weeks – remembering Our Savior’s birth, celebrating Christmas with those we love, Christmas music on repeat, family birthdays, our first anniversary, hopefully the first snowfall…and lots more warm, cozy things to make!
Hope you had a happy start to this “dark chocolate” December! 🙂