There are many who suffer from not having light and get depressed during this time of the year. I don’t mind the darkness, this is such a peaceful time. I have lived up here for the most part of my life and I am accustomed to the changing amount of light, the lack of it in midwinter and the wealth of it in midsummer. Our darkness it not all that dark, the white snow that surrounds, reflects and gives strength to the tiniest of light sources, and when it is moonlit, clear night, it almost feels like an arctic afternoon.
Today is 22nd; it has been both long and short way to get to this point. December 1st seems already far away, yet it feels like days go by in a rush. This year I paced my life little better than during most of my years before. I had a chance in the beginning of November to spend some time by myself, all alone in the house, and the timing was perfect for me. I had time to gather my thoughts, think about the past year, look little bit ahead. I don’t want to seem like I know how to do things well, because honestly, I don’t, but I had this one revelation earlier this fall that I want to share, little thing that changed my life during this season for the better.
The amount of extra work is huge during the Christmas season. Even though the work load is bigger, it needs to be squeezed into the usual 24-hour slot. The kitchen work seems to double, there is the usual amount of cooking plus all the holiday preparations, little bit of jam making here, cakes, cookies, pastries, casseroles there. During November I stuffed my freezer with everyday meals. Every time I cooked in November, I made enough to put into the freezer to take a homemade dinner out of it in December. This worked very well. It did not only give me more time to enjoy all the December kitchen work, it did save some shopping and planning time too. I am sure this tip is out there in the universe already; this year is the first I did this and it worked well. I wish I had figured out this already years ago.
I have enjoyed this December very much with you. It has been nice to read the comments in the mail box, to know that you are out there; rattle the brain to see if there is anything worth writing about every single day. The crafty content has been little bit thin, but this is the way life goes. Some of you have commented and wished that I would keep writing next year, and hopefully more regularly. I will be here again once Christmas is gone.
There are still two more days to go. Most likely very short posts, part of my family came home yesterday, and the rest will come tomorrow.
Few years ago, knitters shared little video clips of the way they knit and hold the yarn… here is little clip of me knitting and crocheting.
Wool with you,