Early this morning I slipped on my boots and winter jacket, grabbed my camera, and went out into the icy cold air to take some photos of the new snow. We have had two snowstorms in the days following Christmas, leaving our neighborhood blanketed with gentle mounds of white. There is a hint of January in the crisp coldness, and the late afternoon light on the snow speaks of cozy kitchen hours as I prepare supper while watching the birds linger at the feeder for a last-minute meal before darkness falls.
Today I slowly "untrimmed" my home -- packing away the Christmas decorations for another year. I savor every minute of the holiday season, but by the last day or two of December, I am ready to replace the warm hues of Christmas with a soothing palette of winter whites.
As I sit here in this last hour of my Sunday, the house is filled with the serenity of white candles garlanded by ivy and white roses, a white ironstone soup tureen on the dining room table, a white swan vase in the living room, and a garland of tiny white birds on the top of the china closet. The white candles in the front windows will remain until New Year's Day, spilling their soft light onto the snow which covers the porch floor.
Today I bid good-bye to the clutter, chaos and magnificence of the Christmas season, and to the year 2012 as well. I look forward to the quiet month of January, when snow and cold will prevail, and we will seek out the warmth of home at the end of each day. Tomorrow we will look back on the year past and let it slip away -- both its joys and heartaches -- and we will prepare for the unknown in the new year ahead.
May this new year be filled with blessings, simple pleasures, good health and contentment for us all -
Happy New Year!!