We’re home for the holidays, at last.
There’s nothing I love more than traveling–except coming home again. That’s the perfect moment: rediscovering the wonders that await when the front door swings open once again.
This Christmas is merry indeed as our far-flung offspring return to the nest, if only for a few days. Logs are blazing in the fireplace, and piñon cones fill the air with the aromatic scents of New Mexico. The dog leaps wildly in anticipation of the woolly lamb he sees peeking out of his Christmas stocking, then rolls on his back for ecstatic tummy rubs. Candles are flickering and Gregorian chants uplift the soul, even as the pots au chocolat are cooling on the counter.
Fuzzy socks and furry boots, stacks of books to see us through the winter, mugs of coffee laced with hot milk and, yes, red wine-hot chocolate (better than you might think!) have turned this into a truly hygge holiday. The Oxford Dictionary defines the Danish word as “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment.” Apparently lots of “hygge-ness” is in our future–not a bad thing when darkness and uncertainly lurk outside the door.
In the meantime we wish for all of you a warm, old fashioned holiday with those you love, tempered with flights of fancy and journeys to dream upon in 2017!