Can you believe December’s here? Even though we all have much to do before the holidays bound upon us, I do look forward to all that this chilly, silvery, firelit month will bring. I love the year-end quietness and closeness, and I aim cherish every bit of it.
I’m right now in a short but calm lull before final exams break, then it’ll be home to beautiful Denver to see family and friends. Colby and I will round out the good cheer by attending my lovely cousin Liz’s wedding in New Mexico. So yes, the holidays officially begin when we settle into our Mile High hearth and home, but until then, here are some glimpses of how we’re makin’ merry so far.
1) Tonight we trimmed the
world’s tiniest tree, finalized our Christmas cards, and now the mister is busting out the holiday letter complete with a roundup of the year’s highlights. Helpful and handsome indeed!
2 and 3) While the hubs is typing away, I’m listening to great tunes and sipping my holiday favorite, Sugar Plum Spice tea. Freaking amazing flavors in this one, people. I’m a sucker for seasonal teas–I have residual boxes of pumpkin spice, black cherry berry, cinnamon apple… once the season changes, so do my tea preferences! Christmastime teas are no different. Of course I have to drink my tea out of my all-time favorite mug, an old Christmas gift from a dear friend back home. She knows my style so well!
4) While it’s not so Christmas-y, tonight’s blog-writing tunes were incidental but awesome. Flipping between Sister Wives (secret shame) and Elf, I stumbled upon a recent-ish Bon Iver ACL performance. I never seem to catch these things in real time, and the free-streaming window has closed on PBS.com, but you can catch a glimpse here. Note to
self all y’all, Monsters of Folk will play Austin City Limits on December 15. Mark yo’ calendars.
5) Ok, to be fair, I haven’t done this one yet, but I do plan on making some peppermint ice cream before the year is over. When I eventually do, it’ll be pepperminty goodness all up in here. We’ll blend it up, add shots of peppermint vodka, and bada bing we’ll have shaketails to sip. Yum!