As the snow slowly kissed the fir trees below, my eyes began to flutter open. Mother nature is keen on the magic of Christmas or so I like to believe. She welcomes December with tiny flakes. The countdown to Christmas has begun. Soon the Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting will take place. That's exciting. The city and those who come from near and far will come out to hear music, to stand with strangers, drink apple cider, and watch a tree light up like the north star.

Santa and the elves are up in the North Pole getting ready forb the big day. Children will begin to write their Christmas lists if they haven't already. The shops will be swarming with people in the holiday spirit and those who just want to see the smile on their children's faces. Someone asked me about what I will ask Old St. Nick for Christmas. I haven't made a list yet, but I'll be sure to check it twice when I ndo. I'm not asking for many things this year. I'm wishing upon a star. What I want most for Christmas is to be with my family. Everything else is a bonus during the holiday.

As I sit here with my Cinnamon Apple Spice tea, I take in every moment. The snowflakes are still kissing the fir trees below and the rain has began to coexist with these beautiful crystals. The wind continues to howl slightly and I am still wrapped in a cocoon of a blanket and fuzzy, Christmas socks. Today only marks the first day of the most magical time of year and I am looking forward to it all.

I hope your December is merry and bright. Whether you celebrate Christmas or any other holidays, I hope is your best holiday yet. While the elves are busy at work and Santa is making a list and checking it twice, this is the time to bring joy to the world and find it within oursleves.

Happy holidays to you my friends! The world is about to become a bit more magical. Have you made your list and checked it twice? After all, it is the season of giving. Santa may just be extra nice this year. x