December & Dark Chocolate

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! 🙂

5 thoughts on “December & Dark Chocolate

  1. Debra says:

    I love your photos, Stacey. A few kitchen mishaps, huh? They’ll be part of those wonderful memories. Your knitting is just excellent! I can remember when you were just learning and now you are on fire. 🙂 I like the idea of savoring the chocolate…what a great way to think about moving into the holidays and being certain to enjoy each moment. I can’t believe you’re so close to your first anniversary. Whoa! 🙂


    • Stacey says:

      Haha yes, the kitchen mishaps didn’t make it to the blog, edited version 😉 Although it may come out eventually in a post! And yes, time is definitely flying by! Our anniversary is also one of those “finally and already” feelings…the wedding feels like yesterday but it also feels like we’ve been married for a long time! 🙂


  2. Sarah Rose says:

    Ahhhhhhh Stacey! These are all so lovely and winter-y! I’m so jealous of your ice and frost (it was 75 degrees outside yesterday) and all your decorations are so beautiful! Thanks for the reminder of how to celebrate and enjoy this month bit by bit. What a delightful encouragement today! ❤


    • Stacey says:

      Thanks Sarah! I’m loving this winter-y weather now, but I’m sure when it’s January/February and we are in the heart of winter, I’ll be jealously looking at all the pictures of my Southern California friends on the beach! 🙂 Hope you’re having a happy start to the holiday season!


  3. Catherine Wade says:

    I love, love, love the hat! You make me want to learn how to knit. Maybe something new to learn when I finally retire. Wishing you and your loved ones a very special 1st Christmas together.


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