Santa's Secret steeps warm in my mint skyline tea cup as I stare out over my city. The Civil Wars lilts delicately in the background. Most years, we'll have at least tipped the freezing mark by now, but NY, ever the defiant woman she is, has decided we need a break from the cold this season. And to the confusion of us all, we still wrap up like it's twenty degrees, sipping our Chestnut Praline's and staring at our city, encrusted in sparkles for the Holidays.
December's all activity for me: A highly anticipated wedding, company Christmas Party that I tried so hard to get out of (but if I admit it to myself, the blessing lies in the people I work with actually wanting me there), and all of the work piling up on my desk to be completed before my Christmas Staycation. I'm a little exhausted (understatement). But this year I've determined to milk December of all it's Holiday Cheer. My family has always had a hearty Christmas Tree that we decorate a few days before (trying to change this), but over the past few years, either I haven't been in the Christmas Spirit until after Christmas, or we would have gifted each other in November, leaving no surprise magic for Christmas Day. So I've decided that I can't wait to take time to wrap all of my presents this year. Rustically beautiful with kraft paper, washi, and pine branches if I can find some (Paper Source here I come). I'm so excited! Gift wrap is just like hand written letters sealed in delicate envelopes. I want to have my hands in dinner, and baking, and lighting candles with splashes of amber and moss. Most importantly, I want to jump in with my loved ones, and maybe even a few strangers, and give a little undistracted time to them.
This has been more of a update than an official "December Issue" but it seemed fitting to have a little chill session with you. What are your plans for the Holidays? Your traditions? Are you reading anything lovely? At the moment, I'm in between three (yes) books: Come Away With Me by Karma Brown (a novel about one woman's journey towards healing from grief. It hurts.), Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (an extraordinary YA novel. Freaking Mind Blowing), and I'm about to start a book of Christmas stories by Louisa May Alcott. Are you knitting anything special this year? I'm knitting a beautiful cabled cowl. I'm looking forward to seeing Joy on Christmas Day with my mom, because Jennifer Lawrence is a wonder, and it's seems the perfect film to get me pondering how I'll go about making 2016, by God's Grace, a year where I actually do something in the vein of my dreams.
I pray that you have such a wonderful Holiday, full of love and that child-like feeling you get during first snowfalls. I pray that you encounter Jesus in a way that you never thought possible, and that He guides you towards His dream for you. I pray that all contentions (if any) are resolved. And that you're able to take a moment to yourself, to mull over the new year, all of your blessings, and every challenge that's made you into a Boss this year.