On the darkest day of the year, our house shined bright with candles, christmas lights, and new traditions. We set the table with fancy dishes, cooked a tasty meal together, and toasted the coming of light with wine (our teatotaller dog enjoyed a bowl of milk instead). We'll officially celebrate Christmas in the coming days with our families, but last night, we celebrated together, just the three of us, and it was just so perfect.
I realize it's not quite winter here yet... but oh, with the weather we've had so far, it's so definitely here. And, walking home from class tonight, on a perfect winter night, I couldn't help but fall a little bit in love with the season that lies ahead. Things I adore:
Big floppy snowflakes
The way snow brightens up the darkest of days, and quiets the usual city sounds
The sound of a lone shovel working away at a new late night snowfall
Coming home to a warm house (even if it's a kinda cold warm old house)
The squeak of fresh snow underfoot
Wishing and hoping for snow days (hard to come by in this grown-up, mass transit system city of mine)
The sight of paw prints in the snow
Spending evenings inside, knitting for the outside
Waking up to new snow
I'll make a note to look at this list after winter's been here for awhile... I may need the reminder.
And just like that... we are 12 days from Christmas. The month of December saw my guy fly to the other side of the world and back, my friends help celebrate my birthday in style in his absence, my dog learn (quite remarkably) how to be patient and sweet while his owner handled a severe bout of the stomach flu, and the onset of real winter weather in these parts... a few weeks ahead of schedule.
And now, we get to the Christmas'ing. It is our first real one together, and the first in our home. We've strung lights in the windows, carried home a tree for decorating from a lot just up the street (my first real Christmas tree in years!), hung up three stockings (one for Boomer too, of course), and are trying our best to think creatively and avoid the mess at the malls, filling the house with delicious meals and treats, and just enjoying being together, the three of us, for our first holiday together.