I realize as I look back over my Christmases that, depending on the year, they have been busy, quiet, stressful, indulgent, hilarious, sad, happy or peaceful. I’ve learned, as with most things, to embrace and appreciate what is and quietly work to change what I wish were different.
I’ve carved out my own cozy traditions over the years–a little space for the things I enjoy, that recharge my batteries and that I look forward to each year. I’d love to hear about your traditions too if you’d like to share.
I usually choose one or two things to make each season. I’ve made marshmallows and cinnamon rolls, Chex Mix and pretzels, and frosted sugar cookies among others. This year I was feeling humble and homey. So soft, chewy ginger cookies and cinnamon sugar rolled donut muffins it is.
A New Ornament
Every year I look for a few new ornaments to reflect major events or places I’ve been. It’s so fun to pull them out each year and remember where I was when I bought them. I have a little copper pot from a small shop in Tuscany since I ate my weight in ribollita (an amazing Italian soup) while there, a pair of rain boots from my move to Portland and a cute front door ornament from Stephen to celebrate our big move this year.
Some days require a mug of hot cocoa, cuddles with my puppy and a string of sweet and sappy movies. I love The Sound of Music at this time of year and my DVR is about to explode with the cheesy Lifetime and Hallmark movies that are basically a riff on three different themes. Bonus points if snow, cute small towns and/or bakeries are involved.
I wish you all a peaceful Christmas and a very happy holiday season.