Oh, I love the moments right before my house fills with people. When the kitchen smells of yummy things in progress, the house is as clean as it will be, and the kids are glued to the window waiting for our guests. After all the running around that happens before a party, those last few quiet moments are a most lovely deep breath that I appreciate so much. An exhale before what comes next - a full house, gathering with those we love in this special time of year. Wrestling cousins, talking adults, full bellies, pianos and singing and so much laughter and merriment.
Cheers to December, and all the merry making yet to come!