Our house really looks no different right now than it did in November or October. There’s no Christmas tree or twinkle lights or velvet bows. It almost doesn’t feel like Winter. I know it’s cold. But the grey days have begun to blend together. And there’s no snow to blanket the town in its glossy, wistful magic. I think the most holiday spirit I’ve had this year centered around getting some good deals on Moorea Seal jewelry for my lady friends and making this granola.
I did strongly consider getting a rosemary tree to decorate. Charlie Brown Christmas style. But I never got around to it. My dad never really started celebrating Christmas until about the week before. So now last minute Christmas is tradition! (“Last-minute, and still crushed it” is practically my family’s motto). I’m imagining all of the holiday cheer is going to have to get packed into the 7 days before christmas in an explosion of ornaments, pine needles, and sugar cookies.
I was just invited to a holiday cookie swap out in the country, though. So maybe that will kick-start some festive feelings in my bones (early!).
My aunt makes this kickass granola for Christmas gifts sometimes — rum is the secret ingredient. I don’t have the recipe explicitly, so I basically messed around until I had a recipe that seemed to stand up to her killer version. Feel free to use honey instead of maple syrup if you’re not vegan. And I also think that ghee sub coconut oil would be brilliant. But I’m a bit of a ghee fiend.