Wonderfully light flakes of snow are falling outside my window. As I look across the street toward the park and its lake, what a difference from just a few short weeks ago when the leaves were still scattered about, some even still desperately trying to hang on. Now, it's more stark, more open without the abundance of foliage, a wholly new perspective. It was sunny earlier, still chilly, but more inviting. I just spied a lone runner ~ but the Coloradans are a hardy-bunch. They have all the proper gear for any winter activity and one can still comfortably run outdoors when properly attired .... I assume! There is a squirrel frolicking among the light dusting of snow's kiss, running from one tree to another with glee (or maybe just checking on the winter's stash in each!!)
It was time to make a cup of hot cocoa and turn on the Christmas tree lights. Truth be told, one small section of lights, in our pre-lit tree, are dead, but Chris is buying a strand today. With the gentle snow fall, my cocoa and the lit up tree, it's definitely beginning to feel like the holidays around here.
When out and about, we see the holiday decorations at the shopping areas and have been looking forward to visiting many of them in the evenings to witness it all magical and aglow. I'm hopeful that some ice skates will be laced up and taken for a spin!
One of our anniversary-Thanksgiving-merry holiday traditions back in Indiana was to take the train to Chicago, where we would walk around the Christkindl market. I don't think we ever bought a thing, even food or drink, but the village market was quaint and brought the European holiday touch to our lives. To my utter delight, I recently learned that Denver has their own. We had planned to go this past Friday, the opening, but didn't make it. We were going yesterday, but got sidetracked by our dear friend, Jessica. I wanted to make it part of today, then Chris decided to head into work for some overtime (and to get a project completed as he was on forced vacation last week).
When we would head into The City, it was usually bitter cold and often snowing. When the sun disappeared today, it began to feel more like those holiday times in Chicago. Then, what to my wondering eyes should appear.....snow, snow, snow! I sent Chris a text to say that it was the perfect time to visit Christkindl now. I don't know what it will be doing once he gets home and we grab a quick bite, but we are going to head that way and begin to get filled with the inspiration of Old World Europe to return home and get started on our decorating. The lights will be strung, the ornaments hung and other knickknacks placed hither & dither ~~ all to enhance our Thanksgiving feast that we will share with kin and kith this year.
Happy Thanksgiving week! Enjoy the prepping, the baking, the basting, the cooking and sit down to enjoy the laughter, the love, the conversation and the memories. Each of us is a special ingredient to make our gatherings a feast of life!