One of the things I most love about the holiday season are family traditions. I adore hearing about what other people do to celebrate and connect during the busy-busy stretch from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, and I look forward to the moments we revisit our own family traditions, from making fondue on Christmas Eve, to attending the candlelight service at church, to watching The Sound of Music while eating homemade Chex Mix, to picking out a Fraser Fir at our favorite tree vendor on Broadway. And now that I'm a mom, enjoying these experiences with my young son and making new family traditions that he (hopefully) will cherish too, means the world to me.
I'm a regular reader in general, but I find that during the craze of the holiday season, I treasure my quiet reading time more than usual. When it's cold and snowy here in New York City, and I've just returned from walking the dog, all pink-cheeked and penguin-walking in my puffy parka and snow boots, I love curling up on the couch with a good book. I brew hot tea, crack open the living room window, and slip on a pair of fleece socks. Our little apartment fills with the aroma of peppermint (from the tea) and pine needles (from the tree.) My dog curls up on the carpet beside my feet. My winter nights wind down by entering the world of a good story, and the sounds of soft doggy snores, the rattling radiator, and cars whooshing along the West Side Highway, simply fade away. All I need is a fireplace, and my reading ambiance would be complete (one can dream!).
Do you have any annual writing traditions? Do you reign in the New Year by typing to the backdrop of fireworks, or sketch out ideas beneath the stars, or try your hand at writing a screenplay? I'd love to hear!
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