Let’s let holiday sparkle scatter into ordinary life this whole month – finding extra time for friends and family, successful shopping (limited) and making (more), and gathering by the fire!
And let the season’s music play! I’m listening to a recording by the New York Harp Ensemble that takes me instantly back to my old workroom in Anchorage. I’m looking though large windows into the back garden, it’s a particular (and rare) sort of winter day, a gentle snow-falling day.
Dusk comes early. The light hesitates at blue before going black. Windows glow in nearby houses. The work lights in my room shine on large tables, littered with Christmas card makings. Something smells good from the kitchen, spices simmering or dinner underway.
Preparation and anticipation create a lot of the flavor of this season. I’m focused, in this memory, working hard because soon we go to the airport and pick up a returning son (he’ll be in the house for five minutes before heading off with friends). And that’s cheerful, too.
Winter here in Washington sometimes surprises me. Pure blue sky, sunshine, and big waves thrilled local surfers on Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend (the visiting California surfer said he looked at the place “through new eyes”).
But mostly the darkness just is. Some days stay dim and drear, calling for light. Candles on the lunchtime table made the bridal shower at my clever friend’s house extra festive. A city day in Seattle meant midday lights in the art museum’s cheery restaurant, wreaths and greenery at the Pike Street Market, and the brightness of reindeer and Santas near houses by the highway on the twilight drive home.
My workroom is different here – so small – barely eight feet across, a nook off our bedroom. But it works fine, and this time of year things that inspire and things in progress pile up on my tables. And Frances helps – cats love piles of paper and bits of stars and ribbons.
The whole month is a sort of Workroom space – maybe that’s why I love it – imagining food, gatherings, or presents. Time for travel in bustling airports, time to watch “Love, Actually” again.
And busy, so busy. I hope you can savor the things you love about it – December comes just once a year!