This holiday feels very different from ones in the past, and that is ok. Bushboy is not so wrapped up in the prelude to Christmas – he actually went without his advent calendar for the first time since he was 1; I have been busy working, editing and tutoring; my parents are both away for the holidays.
I like it. I like the slower pace, the small shopping list. I like the calmness. I think this is right for me, for us. It takes me back to the days when Mr.Kate and I lived in Ottawa and spent Christmases as just the two of us.
My sister-in-law will join us for a few days at Christmas, and that is a good thing. I am knitting. We are putting up our tree tonight – I think the latest we have put it up ever.
Our weather has been very wet, except for the days in between storm systems which are cold and sparkly. The frost patterns on the deck delight me, as do the pink mornings.