'Tis The Season
The holiday season officially kicked off last week - I hope everyone in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving! In the days following Thanksgiving Day, I got the farmhouse completely decorated for Christmas, and I mean COMPLETELY - for the first time ever, there is holiday cheer in every single room, including the bathrooms. My love commented that I’ve gone a bit “over the top,” but even he admits that the house looks great and feels cozy. Since I spent the holidays last year dealing with biopsies, a lumpectomy, infected incisions, and then the worst cold of my life the week before Christmas, I couldn’t exactly enjoy the season, so I’m making up for it now! And this year in western Pennsylvania, winter actually started on time, as opposed to the last however-many years when we didn’t see cold and snow until sometime in January - I’m currently looking out over snow-blanketed fields and wearing fuzzy socks and Santa slippers in front of the fireplace. I don’t know that I want it to last long, mind you, but with the house all decked out with lights and garlands and Christmasy things we only get to see once a year, I’m not all that bothered by it yet. It feels festive. So far, at least.
This is also about the time of year I already start looking ahead to the New Year and the changes I’d like to make to my life, the new things I’d like to try, the old things I’d like to do away with. I’ve spent the bulk of this week thinking about that. I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions, necessarily, but the New Year always feels like fresh opportunity to start over in so many ways. There are always things I want to change in my personal life, and this time around, there are things I want to change in my professional life, as well. Some things are currently in the works - how they’ll turn out, I don’t know - and other things have been put on the back burner for far too long. And there are always new ideas, too. It’s not like there’s ever anything stopping me from changing things up ANY time of year, but there’s something about a new year, a new calendar, that makes it feel more official and “right,” and definitely more motivating.
So the 2019 holiday season is promising to be a good one, and the 2020 New Year is shaping up to be a great one. With so much to look forward to, I’m going to settle into my bright, beautiful-looking farmhouse and enjoy every day of the next few weeks, the last of the old year. I hope you’re enjoying them wherever you are, too.
Have a great weekend!