Somewhere along the way we got Christmas put up in the attic.
And we found Candlemas and Valentines Day along the way.
Over the past week or so I have taken the the time to sprinkle bits of it here and there.
My friend Amy bought me this collage awhile back, maybe for Christmas or my birthday last year? I know it's awful that I don't remember, but honestly 2011 and 2012 are a bit of a fog in places.
Anyway, I love it. It came from Target, but most of the images where originally from Etsy. I think I had favorited them all.
I know it wasn't meant as a Valentines decoration specifically, but to me it is.
The colors, the sentiments, it all seems perfect for the months of January and Febuary.
The red warms everything up, the blues are like sky on a shockingly cold day.
But I love it. Not indefinately, but for a couple of months that we experiance it in my small part of the world
I love the grayness of the evening light, the soft glow from lamps and candles in the evening, the desire to make comfort food, and the way I feel snuggled under half a dozen blankets.
Of all the days of note that come after Christmas, in the months of January and Febuary, Candlemas and Valentines Day are my favorites.
Days that celebrate love and light in the midst of the darkest and coldest months are warmest and most comforting to me. I like that they call me out of myself and remind me gently to share their gifts of light and love, quietly and slowly, and with much intention.
As always, in order to truly graft these things into my own heart so that they become second nature, I must begin my practice around my own little hearth, with those who depend on me and whom I depend on. Sharing blankets, nestling deep into the couch, reading or talking or watching. Making extra cups of hot chocolate on coldest days, hiding treats where they will be easily discovered, putting down my to-list to listen and hear.
This is where love and light must begin in order that it may be reflected out into the cold, gray, winter days as a beacon of warmth and hope.