Friday, November 15, 2013

Holiday Wish List

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With the last week of November closing in, the holiday season has truly arrived. We're flying to Maryland on Wednesday to spend Thanksgiving with my husband's family. I'm looking forward to seeing his family, baking holiday cookies with Grandma Mary, lots of good food (+ seafood!), merriment, and laughter.

For Christmas, we'll pack up the car and drive to Iowa, where we'll gather with family at my parents' farmhouse. A week of wonderful meals, early-morning talks with Mom, frosted country landscapes, and farm adventures awaits.

It's funny to think back to holiday seasons past, when I'd often obsess over a wish list for days. These days, the physical manifestations of the season just don't seem that important. I find myself more eager for the intangibles: the rituals, the traditions, the time to relax and connect with the people in my life.

Still, it's fun to think about those creature comforts that can bring us joy and delight as well. Just for fun, I put together a little list of the things I'm wishing for this year. Enjoy!

To Read: cookbooks, cocktail books, gardening/flower books, a magazine subscription.
To Wear: these boots, this tunic, this scent.
To Sip: a coffee subscription(!) and a ceramic creamer to match.
To Savor: a meal at a favorite restaurant, followed by drinks here.
To Make a Home: a piece of art from this shop and this balsam pillow.
Also Wishing For: long and leisurely meals enjoyed round a table with loved ones, crackling fires, a day spent volunteering, slow mornings with coffee, mugs of mulled wine and apple cider, space, solitude, and time for self-care.

What's on your wish list this year?

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