My amaryllis finished blooming and I wanted to replace it with another. But when I saw all the cheery poinsettias everywhere I chose one of those instead! I have surprised myself with how much red I am enjoying this season.
The visiting has commenced, and gathering around the fireplace with the lights turned low makes for a wonderful atmosphere. Between the lit candles, the twinkling tree lights, and the firelight, one can almost imagine a Christmas from long ago. Try it out! It is remarkably soothing.
We watched "It's a Wonderful Life" last night, and I have watched "Little Women" on my own. I'm behind on a few things because I have just let myself relax into the atmosphere this year. I seem to think that I always do that, but there is a qualitative difference this year.
When I went to the nursery this weekend, all the greens were already gone! They won't be replacing them. So I just added a little something to my mantel instead. Maybe I will search the florist for more of the fresh smell of evergreens that I crave this time of year. There's always a tree lot, or a walk in the woods!
I also get a little thrill from the arrival of the Winter Solstice. You would think that living in such a sunshiny state that it wouldn't matter so much. But I always love the thought of the days starting to get longer again!
So many sights, sounds, and tastes left to experience as we lead up to Christmas Day!
I hope you are able to settle in and enjoy it all!
I may have a chance to wish you Merry Christmas a time or two more before it arrives, but just in case, here's another Merry Christmas to you! And a Happy New Year!!!
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