Happy solistice! I know I am in the minority, but I absolutely adore this time of year. The days are short, dark, and cold. The electricity bill soars while the bank account dwindles. Many people are stressed AF about getting presents under the damn tree, leaving the house with time to scrape the windshield, and finding parking at the mall, while trying not to binge on Purdy’s. I get it – it’s all a little overwhelming. Meanwhile, here I am smugly typing away at a blog post about how much I love it all. And I have to say, I couldn’t be more pleased with myself. So in an effort to help you unwind while you wait in the neverending line-up at Canada Post to mail Aunt Edna and the rest of the fam your yearly update letter, take a moment to read about some of my favourite things about this time of year. Maybe my winter wonder will rub off on you!

Fun fact: I sang in choirs all through high school and most of university. I love music and, while a lot of the crap that comes out this time of year is, well, crap, there’s also a lot that isn’t. I’m talking A Charlie Brown Christmas, Handel’s Messiah, The Nutcracker Suite (I try to see the ballet every year), and… Sting’s Christmas Album (don’t knock it ’til you try it).

My family had a Boxing Day open house every year when I was a kid and (amongst countless other foodstuffs) my mum made mulled wine and apple cider every time. Smelling those brings me right back to running around the house with the other sugar-crazed children, eating After Eights until my stomach protested. There’s also a very peculiar comfort I take in the smell of popcorn and Douglas Fir, together. We made a lot of popcorn chains for our trees when I was a kid.

Apparently Denmark is the top consumer of candles in the world. I feel like I’m helping that number along here in Canada. And it’s not all the time – it’s mostly just in the winter. This time of year makes me want to buy (and light) ALL the beeswax candles. It’s pretty, somehow very wholesome looking, and does it ever smell lovely. They turn the coziness dial up to eleven and that’s where it should stay if I have anything to do with it. I have some beeswax tree ornaments, too, but for obvious reasons they’re not made for lighting.

Probably most of all, I love this time of year because it DEMANDS cuddles and snuggling. All the thick wool blankets and socks (pulled up geekily over pant-bottoms, naturally) come out to play. My cats cuddle each other (and me) more than ever right now. Even my husband, who normally runs hot, can’t resist extra snugs. It’s the best. I hope reading this inspires you to go cuddle with someone you love, because love truly is the reason for the season. And I am happy for the opportunity to share it with you here on my blog. Whether you’re a current, former, or future client, a friend or a family member, I wish you a cozy, peaceful, and joyful winter season, sparkling with the magic that only this time of year can impart.