From contributing writer, Nicole, of Salsa Sweets …
Picture it. 2012. November. 68 degrees and sunny. Trees are bare. Christmas music is playing in the stores. People are already posting pictures of their children sitting on Santa’s lap on facebook. The Black Friday ads have been released and stores are now opening tomorrow for Black Friday that is next week. (Can you even imagine if that was true?!) We are ready.
Ready for what? For the hustle and bustle and stress and bank overdrafts and even uglier traffic? Or, are we going to start a new tradition this year where we pause and breathe and take a moment. That is what a friend of mine is doing. She bought a new home and is moving in during this hectic, holiday time. She is thinking about memories that they will build. She imagines the sound of her daughter’s laughter off in the distance. She dreams of quiet evenings with her husband by a fire. This year, she is dreaming of something new and something bigger than presents, egg nog, and poor Grandma that is 6 feet under due to some reindeer. She is dreaming of starting over.
So, while there isn’t actually snow on the ground right now and my flip-flops still have not been retired for the season, I am sharing with you cookies that are about anew. I hope they radiate the warmth, joy, and hope that dreaming big feels like.