I like December for so many reasons. Days are short and indoor living is long. That could be considered a bad thing to some, but to us it feels like we are resting from a very busy year of outdoor work. It feels cozy and homey. The sheep and cattle are in their winter pastures and although these pictures show a little bit of snow on the ground, the grazing is open and that means a longer time without feeding hay and cake. We still go out to the cows and sheep to gather them up, inspect them, and give them a little something to eat as their reward for coming to us. Everything is looking good and healthy right now. The ground is bare again and thus far, our winter has been mostly mild, save the wind which has been anything but mild.
We are enjoying the joyful bustle of Christmas with friends and family. Christmas cookies and coffee was our treat at the neighbors' yesterday afternoon. Our home is "lightly decorated" with mostly greens and cones and candles. The Christmas tree is up and shining and so is the tiny creche. I have one of those Fontanini nativity scenes that are both beautiful and durable which allows our grandkids to touch and imagine with the figures. I like that part so much. Singing Christmas hymns at church warms my heart and lifts my spirits.
I have a few embroidery projects going, nothing difficult or extensive, but they keep my hands busy while watching a football game or a Christmas special. Sometimes I just enjoy embroidering in the quiet with candles burning and twinkle lights glowing and a cup of hot tea to sip.
I hope you are enjoying these December days, appreciating the little things -- noticing the quiet of nature, appreciating the warming sips of coffee or tea on a cold day, enjoying the familiar Christmas hymns that you memorized through many years, lighting the second Advent candle, holding hands.
I wish you JOY. Take JOY.