Cozy Christmas

"The pines still fresh on the Christmas tree. The solo bow that is still lingering on the couch from the gift exchange. The plate of stale cookies too good to be left alone. The fresh steam rising from the ten cups of hot cocoa forming cavities in the back of our mouths. That pleasant grin that extends from the inside out without one specific source but from the spirit of the holidays.
That is why I love Christmas."










Wendel Grandad (Top) - Under Underwear // Irving Long John (Bottom) - Under Underwear

On Christmas day, I like to sit still and enjoy the little things around me. The pines still fresh on the Christmas tree. The solo bow that is still lingering on the couch from the gift exchange. The plate of stale cookies too good to be left alone. The fresh steam rising from the ten cups of hot cocoa forming cavities in the back of our mouths. That pleasant grin that extends from the inside out without one specific source but from the spirit of the holidays.
That is why I love Christmas.

Lets be honest, I'm not going to want to jump in my favorite pair of dress on Christmas Day. Even if I did want to, the holiday bulge would be sure to discourage me. Nothing feels as good as sitting around either with your lover, your friends, your family, or if you're lucky, all of them with no priority and pressure ahead of you. Feeling the heat from the bodies in the room and cozy up to the festive air while a Christmas movie is playing. No need to think about tomorrow and the shitty job you're returning to. That is tomorrow. Today is today. It is a present much like the ones you opened earlier. Smile longer. Put on those ugly socks that you tragically opened during the Office White Elephant Party. You might as well make the best of it! Make use of the nonperishables sitting in your fridge and make a strange dish out of Cheetos and Pancake mix because every store will be closed around you. You curse the holidays because you instantly want to head to the mall or your favorite bar on this off day. But you thank this holiday because you don't need to nor have any desire to leave your cozy home.

I wholeheartedly wish that you are having the best holiday. No matter where you are, what circumstance you're in, and who you're with that you are able to smile.

Photos by Inje