Watching the pictures of the storm that blasted through the East Coast (much more interesting than watching the Bears - they might have been better off to miss their flight after all), its a sign that winter has arrived. Yesterday was the Winter Solstice, which means the days are getting longer now. Can I get a yippee? Some friends of ours throw a solstice party every year, but since they live 200 miles away, we don't usually have the opportunity to go. Maybe next year . . .
Lots of druidic rituals attached to the solstice times of year, which reminds me to sharpen my research there. Always wanted to write a druid book. On my list for the New Year, but for the moment, I think I'm going to take that leap and try my hand at a Christmas story. Of course no one will want to read a Christmas story in February, or July, but by next Christmas. Considering the time I will have to polish it up, maybe it will be a welcome relief to some of the drivel I've seen this year.
Already the stores are stocking up for Valentines Day, and Christmas isn't over yet. A sure sign of the times when they start skipping over Christmas to get to the next holiday. I thought Christmas was THE holiday to market. And the news markets are starting to revisit the year 2009 as it comes to a close. The most fascinating people, the biggest news stories, etc. For me? I'm going to enjoy today.
My own pace of life tends to be way too fast so while I have a break from the day job, I'm going to watch the snow fall. I'm going to bake some bread. I'm going to watch yet another Christmas movie (because that's what I do this time of year - but I'm going with the classics today). And then I'm going to watch the snow fall some more as a backdrop while I transcribe the story that is building in my imagination.
Next week I'll set my New Year's goals - after Christmas. In the meantime, enjoy the peace and love of the season.