And just like that it’s over. Christmas. My favorite of all favorite holidays. The music, the carols, the gifts, the food, the family, the fun, the celebrations. That is my cheesecake. My apple almond cheesecake. The first cheesecake I ever made, and it was yummy. Very yummy. Sinfully yummy.
As much as I revel in the preparations for Christmas, something strange happens to me in the days after. I get fanatic, obsessive, crazy about organizing, cleaning, clearing out. I want to put things away, clean off the counters, remove the piles of gifts, of cards, of stuff. I did eight loads of laundry this weekend, all the new clothes, the sheets, the towels, it’s all done, put away. I organized and categorized my magazines, I cleaned out my drawer of cards. I made beds which was NOT happening last week.
I’m paving the way for next year. Recently I started putting a theme to the coming years. 2010 is the year of living simply and living whole and healthy. It’s time to clean out the stuff….for real. It’s time to shed the extra pounds, it’s time to get real about myself and my home. It’s time to cast aside dreams and time-wasters. I know that is what New Year’s is about, but how many times do we really say to ourselves, do I really need all this? How much could I really do without? What do I really need.
I am getting ready to sign off and have another celebration. My mother’s birthday is today and we are gathering at my sister’s. In the spirit of starting simple and healthy, I am giving my mother a simple, healthy gift. Something that didn’t cost a fortune, didn’t take me forever to make or search for and was made with my own hands. Ingredients I had on hand, a recycled jar, some raffia from upstairs. Something she will like, at least I hope so…..