I hope your December has been awesome. Mine has been busy with concerts, a surgery for my daughter, an open house for my other daughter and her new husband, Christmas baking, visiting, and shopping. It’s been fun and festive, and has made me think of some of my favorite things (just saying ‘my favorite things’ makes me want to sing: ‘bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with strings.’ I love The Sound of Music).
Some of my favorite things at this time of year are:
- Crystal Days – or as the song says: “Silver white winters that melt into spring.” We’ve had a beautiful week with lots of hoar frost. I hate that name. It’s too ugly for such a beautiful phenomenon where frost outlines all the trees and bushes, and make winter snow and cold bearable and miraculous.
- Colored Lights – I feel like a kid when I see a house all done up like the Griswold’s. It makes me a little giddy.
- Deals – I love deals ALL year long, but especially now. Here are some fun book deals I thought I would pass on to you in case you are looking for fun, exciting reads for Christmas break.
Gina Barlean’s Three for the Season – $5 -set of 3 books (Thrilling dark dramas)
Taylor Dean Books – 99 cents (clean, suspenseful romances)
Anita Stansfield’s Captain of her Heart – FREE (Lots of suspense and drama)
4. Traditions – We eat clam chowder in bread bowls and have shrimp cocktails for Christmas Eve. Then my family sits down and we each think of a goal we want to work on throughout the coming year. We write this down and put it in a little White stocking as our gift for the Christ Child. We hang the stocking on the tree to remember our Savior, and then keep it in an easily accessible drawer the rest of the year so we can pull it out to remind us what we are working on and evaluate our progress.
These are some of my favorite things about this time of year. What are some of your favorites?