It's the holidays! My favorite time of year! No other month has as much inherent magic and wonder in the air as December- whether it's the lights that adorn the trees, the chill in the wind as autumn fades to winter, or the crisp, cold skies that ebb earlier and earlier into sunset. It's surprising how much closer we feel to family and friends as the days go shorter and the temperatures drop - it must be our inherent need for warmth and companionship in the midst of the cold and darkness.
As I've grown I've come to appreciate these aspects of the Christmas season more than the commercialism and buying frenzy that filled my younger years. In the end, most of us have all that we really need. Anything else is just icing on the cake- or whipped cream on the hot cocoa, if you will :)
I wish you all a happy and healthy start to this holiday season, no matter what holiday you celebrate- and hope you treasure all that you already have.