It's all done. Christmas shopping that is. A pile of gifts are to my right and a heap of wrapping paper is to my left.
Is it just me or was Christmas kind sneaky this year? Seriously, it feels like it came out of nowhere. Not that I am complaining. I adore Christmas. The lights, the music, the laughter, the story of a baby born long ago... it truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
Some other things I love about Christmas:
The smell of Christmas trees
Wreaths on the door
Rain coming down (yes, rain and not snow... California!)
What a minute -- I have never actually been kissed under the mistletoe before! Guess I better grab that many of mine and make some Christmas magic happen! ;)
And last, but not least, SOUP! It has always been one of my favorite dishes, and I hope it forever more shall be...
How about you? What are your favorite things from this season?
BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND PEAR SOUP
Recipe from Everyday Food, Dec. 2012