It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in my house. Call me crazy but this time of year is my kind of season. I love to be cold down to my bones, I love the cozy feeling of an early morning and evening both in the dark and of course the anticipation of the holidays.
I am very lucky that both kids will be here for the holidays and they will overlap each other's visits during the Christmas week. As long as I can remember, I have strived to get most of the shopping done before December so I can enjoy December. I don't like crowds or pressure. This year I might be done within a week or so.
My mom was a fantastic gift giver. She would ask us for our Christmas lists in September. At the time I thought she was crazy but now that I know how long it takes to knit gifts, she was a sane person. Not only did she knit clothes for my kids and my nephew, she would sew clothes for all three kids as well. I miss her.
So far Holly is respecting the ornaments that are placed out and about the house. I am still skeptical but hopeful that she is a grown up cat at two years old. The true test will be the Christmas tree which will be up this weekend. She still loves to play fetch with her toy mice and brings them sometimes close to me to throw again. Sometimes not...
I broke down and bought a new kindle. My older kindle was four years old and the charge was not holding. When the new kindle arrived and I set it up I thought, 'my goodness what a great upgrade'! It has a back light and it's so much lighter. I'm reading Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny. I love being in that town with those characters enjoying the new mystery descending upon Three Pines.
I'm toying with starting Grant by Ron Chernow. It's over 1000 pages and that is what is keeping me at bay. However, I have one month off of babysitting (yay!) and a big book would be kind of fun. I surpassed my Goodreads reading goal which leads me to believe I can dive into a nonfiction history book.
When do you decorate your house if you celebrate the holidays? Do you like winter?