Like everyone else who celebrates any kind of winter festival or religious observance, I'm decking the halls and attending holiday parties and eating the shortbread when I should be saving it for company. I'm also easing my way into the season in a relatively sane way. I'm not getting worked up about gifts this year - they'll all fall into place, or I'll give folks an IOU on a sticky note attached to an airline bottle of rum.
While I decide if I'm going to keep working on gifts or even attempt to send out cards, I'm enjoying my December in other small ways. When the temperature isn't -22 degrees like it is today, I still head out for a walk by the river and check out how the landbase is faring.
There are buds here, beneath the low fog, held tight in anticipation of warmer days.
In my quest to try new things I went to a ceramics studio with my cousin and splashed half a dozen layers of paint on some egg cups. Not particularly artistic, but I can't draw a straight line, so I do what I can. The pic below shows streaky cups, but the paint isn't dry and it will fire up quite nicely in the kiln they tell me. My "new things" can't always be exciting - next time I'll try fire spinning.
Instead of mourning the garden, I'm working on appreciating the beauty of death and decay. I've been watching many of my plants die back and purposely not cutting them down (I'll do the extra work in the spring.) This way I get to witness the allure of each plant stripped down to its bare soul. Right now I'm fawning over the morning glory skeleton and its twisty loveliness.
I've been decorating today, but I'm going for a more minimalist approach this year. Less of the same old holiday tchotchkes. More greens, nuts, pinecones, and more natural decorations. So far the cats are behaving, but the tree is going up tonight so I'll see if it's still standing in the morning.
Here is my little viking, assisting with the greens. (She takes after her auntie in the nutty hat department.) We were fortunate and came across someone's cast-off yard prunings as we were driving up into the hills - perfect for instant holiday decorating!
I hope your December is coming along festively. Are you dashing through the snow yet, like many of us northerners, or is your holiday shaping up rather greenly? Do tell.