At the end of every November, I look forward to upcoming winter holidays. As a long time student, I associate December with finishing classes, writing exams, and then a nice two or three week break. It seems over the last few years I’ve been suffering from that deeply ingrained expectation! :0
This year, I have finally come to understand that I get the same 1 week holiday between Christmas and New Year’s as every one else (and of course, there are many who only get the stat holidays, so I should count myself lucky!). And so we continue to simplify and strip away the holiday tasks.
This year, we are not giving any presents and are sending just a few cards. The Skipper did get a few Christmas lights up on the house–mostly to not bring down the neighbourhood! :)–but for the first time in many years, I have not unpacked any decorations for the house inside. I’m not doing any baking, and we will treat ourselves to a few bakery goodies. We decided to head over to the mainland on Christmas eve, and we will go over to another home for a Christmas feast instead of hosting one ourselves, as we have often done. With any luck, when the actual days off arrive, we will be able to relax and enjoy them, rather than having a big, intensive build-up adding to the regular work-week before the big day, which then itself involves a fair amount of work. Some years that work feels festive and worthwhile, but this year, it just didn’t feel like there was enough time before to get ready or afterwards to recover. So we will keep things quiet.
But that doesn’t mean there won’t be celebration! Our Christmas feast will be with an aunt and uncle who celebrate Christmas eve with a Danish-inspired meal: fresh roast goose, rice pudding, braised cabbage, apple and prune stuffing… and all that family cheer. We’re looking forward to that gathering immensely. Then we will stay in the Big Smoke as long as we feel like, wandering along the decorated streets, treating ourselves to all the yummy favorites that beautiful local delis and bakeries and markets have to offer this time of year.
We’re working away on our garden list of tasks, and looking ahead to everything the new year will bring. The 2011 seed catalogues are out, the chicken and duck coop plans are coming along, and the new raised bed layout has been decided. 2010 wasn’t always easy, but it has been transformative, and I’m hugely excited about what’s to come.
So thanks so much for coming along for the ride with me over these past six-plus months of blogging and gardening adventures. Here’s wishing all of you have a restful, rejuvenating, and joyful holiday season!