I did not go shopping, for there was no need. Christmas gifts are unnecessary and Christmas needs are addressed instead. My adult children have discussed what would help them through this season and have been provided for or will be soon, when we see one another. The critters outside will get an extra special ration of something tasty to celebrate the Yule, the coming of the days of light and leaving behind the dark nights. Cold is on its way, down in the minus 20s and lower. January is traditionally the coldest month of winter in this northern country. Extra straw and provision for protection against the wind will be made so the animals can stay alive.
And for me, in my little farmhouse, I will be busy making more soap and finally sorting through some clothes. Using the furnace this winter has kept the dirt floored basement warm enough to work in and there is much to do before spring. I have some cupboards to paint for the store too and if they will fit down the narrow staircase in the trap door, I can do that as well. My heart is full of joy and I am at peace. This I wish for each and every one of you, this coming year and the years following that. Merry Christmas, or whatever you celebrate at this time of year! Have a most wonderful day!