Happy New Year, friends.
Enjoy this glimpse into our Christmas prep with December’s 10 on 10 photos. We set up our tree the day after Thanksgiving and began our Advent Calendar on December 1. This year we’ve been intentional about using more organic and natural elements in our decorations. The dried oranges filled the house with an amazing aroma and were super simple to make: slice an orange and blot the juice with towels then lay directly onto the oven rack set at 200 for 2-3 hours flipped ever 30 minutes. We also went foraging on the last warm day in November and collected a lot of pine greenery. I found a Christmas book for $1.50 from a thrift shop from 1908. The cover was ruined, but the pages were left intact so I turned it into a banner with bells between pages. Our Advent Calendar is a mix of festive activities, random acts of kindness, and books to read in preparation for the big day. Edith is still wearing dresses and refuses to embrace the winter coat unless we’re playing in the snow. December is by far one of my favorite months of the year. Enjoy!
Sometimes, almost all the time, the best thing we can do for ourselves is get outside and enjoy the sun, wind, and colors of the season.
Here’s a few snapshots from a November walk in the woods the week of the momentous election.