Hello! And Happy New Year! I thought I would come to this space to write again before the year was through, but then it seemed I blinked and it was a new year already. It was so nice being more unplugged and just savoring the holiday season with my family. I’m a homebody and I love being home with my family, especially when we get to slow down the pace a bit, even for a short while. There have been years we put up our tree not long after Thanksgiving, and then there have been years we put our tree up right before Christmas, which was how this year went. I’ve come to prefer it that way. I like having all our orders and gifts mailed out and things wrapped up before I feel ready to start decorating around here. And then I enjoy having our tree up into January, and savoring it for as long as we can. What is more cozy on a cold winter day than looking at an ornament-covered tree full of twinkly lights? I’ve been appreciating the warmth of the woodstove, pajamas, warm mugs of tea, and all things cozy. I hope you’ve been able to enjoy some cozy, winter days where you are too. (If you’re in the northern Hemisphere, that is.)
P.S. To explain the pictures…. Do you remember the tree ornament I knit for B last year? This year he sewed beads on it to look like ornaments, I love it even more now. Another favorite ornament is the JOY ornament I painted a few years ago when we made the wood garlands for gifts. But honestly, I have a lot of favorites. I love getting the ornaments out each year and being flooded with the memories each one brings. Oh, and that wreath is one B made all by himself this year. He started with some grapevines from the garden, and then used some cedar, with a touch of ivy and holly (he was hoping for some red holly berries, but didn’t find any), and tied it with twine. We hung it on our door and I love it so much.