Oh. Hello there.
Happy New Year and Happy the Holidays Are Over! I know most people really love them, but I’m not as in love with them as I used to be years ago. They’ve become complicated in many ways for me, so let’s just say these complications makes them less than enjoyable in my eyes.
I simplify Christmas more and more as each year passes by. I make an effort to keep the things that mean the most, but with The Daughters now no longer Santa Believers, there are things that will not be missed when they don’t happen. There are also some things that can happen any time of the year (chocolate fudge!) so why do we try and cram it all in within the month of December? All on the heels of the Great Feast of Thanksgiving? I can make my grandmother’s fudge any damn time of the year. Jamming “All the Christmas things!” in within the 25 day deadline is exhausting.
So now we are all on the other side of that and the bills will be coming in, right? For this first week of the New Year it’s extremely cold here for Portland, Oregon. A bitter, uncharacteristic cold with more snow on the way this weekend. I have been taking the end the apple picker at the barn and busting up the thick-ish layer of ice on my mare’s buckets in the mornings. When I’m not there my wonderful friends do it for me. It’s amazing to me that animals get through this month's weather without complaint (or perhaps maybe they do complain but we do not recognize their discontent). “How do horses' feet stay warm?” is something I wonder every single year. Even when I’m dressed appropriately my toes turn to ice cubes inside my boots.
So the decorations and lights are all down. The nativity set is packed away. The tree is waiting to be picked up curbside by a fundraising effort from the high school. And now what? As I was talking to my mum on the phone recently when I glanced over at the calendar I couldn’t help but comment, “January is always the longest month. It’s like January for way more than 31 days. It’s like it never ends.” She agreed.
Looks like we need to light some candles.