It is officially December! And for many of us, that means a countdown: A countdown until Christmas, a countdown until the New Year, and/or a countdown to a new beginning. I know it is all of these things for me (although maybe not a new beginning – I’ve had enough of those lately).
Last night I kicked off my Christmas baking season with Butter Tarts, Cherry-white-chocolate shortbread, and ginger snaps (all at my husband’s request). I’m hoping to bake a few times a week until Christmas (we’ll see). This weekend I started my Christmas shopping, and today I finished it during my “lunch break” (thank-you Amazon) – for all except stocking stuffers, of course. Christmas really is my favorite time of the year, even if it is stressful, creates work, and exacerbates family tension. The past few years I’ve been trying harder to just “let it be” and enjoy the beauty of the season.
While I am counting down until Christmas, I am also counting down to the END of 2014. Aside from graduating medical school, there has been very little else remarkable about this year. So while I might not be expecting a new beginning, I’m hoping the arrival of the New Year will be a surrogate for “closing the book” on this past year of struggle. If you’ve missed my adventures from this past year, you’re in luck: I’m going to take time this month to look back over some of the prominent moments (and blog posts) from this past year. As much as it might be torture (to relive some of these moments), I’m hoping it will help me realize some of the great parts of my year and give me a different perspective on some of the not-so-great moments as I head into January.