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Joys of December

I was outside yesterday just plodding around my yard, checking out the gardens and forest edges. The sun was shining overhead which warmed me in my body and my soul. We’ve been fortunate with mild weather and almost daily sunlight where I live, nestled between Skaneateles and Elbridge. It still feels like fall, we’ve had snow here and there but nothing has been sticking much to my children’s dismay.

It feels like an opportunity to slowly shift into the winter season. The days are getting shorter as we head towards the Winter Solstice on December 21st. I don’t love that it’s dark by 4:30 pm but I know that the light will soon return and that reminds me to choose joy in those moments when thoughts can get dark.

Instead of lamenting the dark early evenings I decided to try embracing the lack of sunlight by having mini hibernation moments. I add multiple layers of clothing, with all the warmth I can find, snuggle in some blankets and bury myself on the couch. Do I have things to do? Yes. Can they wait a little while? Yes.