It is that time again.. where the leave have all changed, and fallen to the ground, the cool crisp air has rolled in, and there is frost on the car each morning.
There’s something about this time of year that begins to feel very festive to me, long before the Christmas lights go up and the Christmas carols are played in the radio. I can’t wait for the quiet hush of the freshly fallen snow to blanket our neighborhoods while I watch from inside my home, all cozy – woodstove ablaze.
And really, maybe I love this time if year, because I know that Christmas IS just around the corner. I don’t think there is one thing I don’t love about the Christmas season. I love how downtown and the Old Mill look with the trees strung with little white lights-especially at night when it’s snowing. I love how Starbucks has their special Christmassy cups and brings back the Pumpkin Spice latte, and Peppermint Mochas. I love the hustle and bustle of the shoppers, and looking for just the right gift for that special someone.. or the one gift your child has been asking for daily for the last 3 or 4 months.
But the thing I love most about this time of year are the smells of the season. I love the smell of the tree in our home, the smell of wood smoke in the air from the wood stoves in our neighborhood and the smell of spices like cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and hazelnut. These are the smells that remind me of being home, being with my family all warm and cozy-when you can just sit down and relax and say ahhhhhh……and enjoy being together. It’s like being wrapped in a big puffy blanket, drinking hot cocoa with fuzzy socks on.
There’s nothing for me, like having these quiet, memorable moments during one of the most crazy seasons of the year. I, for one, am very much looking forward to the coming season, and everything it brings. And yes, I would have to say I love this time of year, because I love Christmas!
Bring on the snow!