My final market of 2023 was last weekend, a local brewery (#EventideBrewing) hosted a fun, family-friendly event with a gingerbread house-making contest, a letter box to send mail to Santa, a holiday handcrafts market and even a visit from Santa himself!
I have not always been great at getting into the holiday spirit, but over the last few years I've been trying to do better. It helps to have a great bunch of friends, and I'm also fortunate to have a loving family as well.
Christmas cards have been arriving in my mailbox, reminding me of my friends who live here and there. This year I got a special delivery from my Squirrel Whisperer friend Brandy who lives in Austin, TX.* Guess what it was?
It was a box of squirrels! I took one of them to sit with me at the Eventide market because it was so darn cute.
I'd like to wish you all a wonderful Whatever You Celebrate and encourage you to pause and take a deep breath when that jerk cuts you off in the parking lot of Trader Joe's when all you were trying to do was get a quick, last minute kringle to take to that unexpected party you were invited to.
And please remember to think of those less fortunate, it sure helps keep things in perspective.
*Check out Brandy's instagram @AcornObscura for the most amazing photos of the squirrels she's befriended and prepares elaborate feasts for on her back patio. Here's a sample of what you will find: