Welcome December! The mood of the month is Celebrate.
2016 is coming to a close. A challenging year of world conflict and a stressful political season have left us with anxiety for the future. It’s important to end the year on a positive note, appreciating the good things in our lives including delicious food, festivities, and music. The holidays are a time to try and make a conscious effort to de-stress during what is often a stressful month. We aim to leave behind whatever problems we have as we try to focus on celebration with family and friends and hope for our country, the world, and humanity.
When I think of December, either from past experiences, storybooks, or movies, there is an inherent nostalgia for sweeter and simpler times. It’s the season of celebration across the globe with cultural and spiritual traditions. With that, we create new experiences and memories that delight our senses. We celebrate the small things in everyday life. The smell of pine needles and burning wood and the taste of hot soups, stews, and holiday food comforts us. The feel of soft sweaters and blankets warms us. The sound of holiday music soothes our spirit. The sight of seasonal decorations on the street and in our homes makes us happy.
With food playing such an integral role in any celebration, look to seasonal products to fill out your holiday tables. Try Half Baked Harvest’s recipes for a decadent gingerbread latte and cranberry pot roast. Broma Bakery’s eggnog and spiced rum cake is the perfect ending to any meal.
I encourage you to take time out of your busy lives and create memories with family and friends that celebrate the season. Decorate for the holidays, take long walks in the chilly air, bake cookies, watch holiday movies, go see the Nutcracker, shop in local holiday markets, ice skate, sit by the fireplace with a book, and, most of all, make time to help others.
In the spirit of celebration, we recognize holidays of all sorts this month:
- 1st: World AIDS Day
- 7th: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
- 8th: National Brownie Day
- 21st: Winter Solstice
- 24th: Christmas Eve/Hanukkah begins
- 25th: Christmas Day
- 26th: Kwanzaa begins
- 31st: New Year’s Eve
As we count down the year by celebrating New Year’s Eve, let’s create new dreams and new
resolutions for the year ahead.
Photo Courtesy: Elly Leavitt