TGIF and Hello December! There’s a whole different feel to the holidays this year – all good! – for the first time since 2013 our plans don’t include airports, we have plans to gather indoors (with food!) with family, church is live-streaming Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve, and my mom gifted us waxed amaryllis bulbs (pictured above – so far, I’m a fan!).
Thinking about … menus and details for those family gatherings. We have Hannukkah tomorrow with Katie and her family, a family cookie swap on the 18th, Christmas (at Katie’s – just our little family), and the big family gathering (my sister is hosting this year) the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Tomorrow feels pretty settled, and we have most of the details settled for the cookie swap, but we’re just starting to think about those other two. The cookie swap was in my sister’s driveway last year and I’m delighted to be hosting it inside my house this year, and looking forward to having Sara participate (for the first time). We started this tradition in 2017 (the year my mom moved here), and Charlie has been the sole male attendee. I’m hoping his brother gets to come this year. Maybe Legos and Poppa will be enough to entice him?
Grateful for … twinkle lights and cozy fires to entice me to slow down, maybe even pause, and pay attention to the hope and wonder this season brings.
Inspired by … Modern Mrs Darcy’s December selection Joyful (Goodreads link) to really explore Joy this month. Choosing Joy feels like a wonderful way to celebrate my OLW.
Fun … Humulus (ravelry link) is fairly flying off the needles! I cast on Sunday and finished the colorwork this afternoon. I’m almost ready to separate the sleeves! I have plenty of audiobooks & podcasts, holiday movies, and twinkle lights to make for happy knitting … and some lovely December photos. (stay tuned)
I know this month can be wonderful if it’s good, and so … not … if it’s not (and my heart goes out to you). Regardless, we all need fun – what fun are you looking forward to this month?