I love this time of year.
I like sparkling bright lights in evergreen trees, casting off the dark that comes too early.
I like curling up with a book near a fire, listening to music that's only played once a year.
I love all the treats. Cookies and breads, brownies and fudge and everything sugary and sweet. I love feasting with friends and family, taking time off from the rush of daily life to eat, relax, recharge.
I like the quiet of this normally busy city, when so many go back to their family homes somewhere else. I like the peace of it. The stillness.
I like to watch the year end, and watch the new one dawning. I like to wonder what it will bring, and who I'll be at the end of it. I like to remind myself that life is precious, and quick, and these warm, bright moments are joys to collect and to remember.
Happy Holidays to you and yours. May they be merry, bright, and peaceful.