Winter is not my favorite season, I think you all know that by now. What I do like about winter….
Snuggling under a blanket on the sofa while watching the fire burn in our fireplace
Slipping into warm flannel sheets on a cold winter night
Candle light, soft, flickering, cozy light
Soup, warm, comforting, hearty, satisfying
Bread, fresh from the oven, the aroma, the taste, the melted butter
Christmas and New Year’s, time to gather with family and friends, to reconnect, slow down, enjoy spending time with those you love
The luscious, indulgent food of the season. Creamy foods, decadent sweets, bold flavors.
On this winter solstice, I will light my candles, and keep them burning to ensure the sun comes up tomorrow. But I will also celebrate that this is the shortest day of the year. After this, days will get longer, the sun will shine and hope springs eternal. I think the darkness of winter is always the hardest part for me. I go to work in the dark and come home in the dark. Today reminds me that this is just a season, light is cyclical and we and the earth need this time to get ready for the busy and long days of summer.
I hope you take the time this winter to slow down, reconnect, rest and refresh yourselves. It is nature’s downtime and we could all do with a little downtime ourselves.
My plans for the day are to finish picking up some stocking stuffers, put on a big pot of soup and bake a loaf of bread. Once the sun goes down I intend on putting in a whole rack of Christmas music, lighting some candles and sitting on my sofa with a glass of wine. This week is a busy one, fun, lovely, and crazy, so I will take the day to relax and restore my soul. Reflect on the year and make plans for 2014.
Happy Winter Solstice, embrace the season, embrace the hope and the assurance that warmer, longer days are on their way but while we wait, don’t forget to celebrate and enjoy the gifts of the winter season. Choose to spend your time celebrating the light we do have today but also, be thankful for the darkness.