This is such a fun and exciting time of year! True, it can be cold and wet and miserable at times but there is something comforting about being indoors, snug and warm with your favorite hot beverage nearby and a good book in hand, either in the old fashioned form or on your reader or tablet. You can say, “Let it snow…” and mean it! Even if you are still trying to get all those loose ends of buying, wrapping, sending, cooking and so on tied up in a festive bow, you owe it to yourself to take a little bit of down time and fade into a good escape read, just for awhile. There will be a lot of them set out for your choosing here the next few days.
I am not a winter person–I live in the high desert of the southwest for a reason and that is mainly because winter is not a grim dragon here, lurking to pounce on you with brutal weather while the sun is far away and lacks the strength to bring much comfort. I am definitely a sun-o-phile! The 21st is the Midwinter Solstice this year and that’s the day The Hot One turns to face my way again and start the long journey back to the north. Since I am mainly of Celtic ancestry, Irish and Welsh predominating, the old customs and beliefs of my ancestors resonate. I celebrate the Solstice with fervor equal to my festivities for Christmas. I will douse some fires and spend a few moments in the dark that evening before I kindle my lights once more to represent the turn of the seasons’ wheel, then maybe a toast to the occasion in cider or a warm mulled wine and take time to listen to some lovely Celtic music.
Anyway, I’m happy to share this special week with all of you and will try to do a post or two each day to maybe share some recipes and traditions as well as talking about books, most especially the one I am featuring and some that I anticipate will be out early in the new year. So Happy Hanukkah, Merry Solstice/Yule, Joyful Christmas, Cheery Kwanzaa and of course Happy New Year. May 2018 be peaceful, prosperous, healthy and good for us all.