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December Ahoy

December Ahoy
Is it possible to have two favorites??
 
 
And December cometh…
 
 
I know, just a couple of weeks ago, I shared my sentiments about October, and the change it heralds for everyone.
Now, as the temperatures fall, and the days become shorter, December is finally round the corner.
December is a time of the year that is close to my heart, and is special in a whole different way
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Of course, the fact that it is my birthday month, has something to do with the soft corner I have for it (Yes, even though I have to pretend to be adultish, I still get excited about this. And if you judge me, I will add a gift wrap to the books already in my shopping cart!!)
 
 
The usual sights, smells and flavors of December like Christmas carnivals, gajar halwa, and soups are something that I enjoy. The family picnics and giving the children a window into the Delhi I grew up in have been activities that we always reserved for this time of the year. (Thankfully we completed most of the bucket list before the pandemic, and before the kids grew up enough for eye rolling at the thought of a day out with us!).
 
 
The warm kitchen with the oven in preheated mode, finally all my clothes actually having pockets in them (clothes with pockets is a huge one for me; another day, another post!!) and the sugary hot chocolate are the small, big stuff of December.
 
 
December, for me, is also about a change in pace … taking a few days off without an agenda; of taking it slow, not having to schedule task after task, stopping to feel the winter sun on my face; and let its warmth reach me.
 
Catching up on reading, hugging myself close in a heavy quilt and letting the world fend for itself
Holding my hands deep in the pocket of the fleeced hoodie, taking my morning walks in the afternoon.
The relaxed second, and third , morning coffees; conversations with myself, and enjoying juicy oranges sitting in the balcony
 
Waiting for the new, without rushing into it
Letting time slow down, and enjoying it without getting impatient
Looking forward to what will come, while already feeling nostalgic for the present
 
 
December, for me, is about pausing, before letting more of my life play out on loop.
(And yes, because it’s December, and I don’t need to follow rules, and it’s my favorite all over again)

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