It's been a very busy December, with crazy work deadlines along with the usual holiday tasks of presents and cards and tree and a couple of social events. Things have quieted down. The city was ghostly last night as so many people leave for family gatherings in the suburbs and farther away. I admit to feeling a bit orphaned, though I chose to avoid the mishigas of travel this year during Christmas, and I know that many family gatherings are often a mixed emotional stew. D and I will go on Christmas day to his cousin's house, which is generally pretty relaxed and cheerful, and we'll hopefully be graced by the presence of his 99-year-old aunt as we were at Thanksgiving. Tonight D and I will have dinner at my place after spending the long weekend in Boston. Chilly winds have kept us mostly indoors, though we did make a trek out on Saturday to the holiday fair in Downtown Crossing and to Faneuil Hall, which put on a brief holiday light show for the smallish throng of people shopping and eating there. Last night we went up to the Top of the Hub for a drink in the normally packed jazz lounge, easy enough to get a seat by the windows overlooking the city. But now, after this extended weekend, we're coming into the heart of Christmas. We'll pack up for my apartment, where my tree and our presents await.
I hope you're all enjoying your holidays and staying warm, inside and out!
Here's a little set of my Christmas photos.