Remember December

December, already?! How is that possible? Weren’t we just hearing about record setting crowds at the Waste Management Phoenix Open? How about attending Spring Training? Or watching the the Summer Olympics (congratulations to some of our residents being medal winners!) How about all those 100+ degree days in a row? Then there were months and months of election hype. And now, a new President-Elect. Wow, what a year indeed.

So let’s focus on all the goodness December brings. Holidays, special events and parties, family and friends visiting, delicious foods and sweets, and yes, cooler weather. Although, for a former East Coaster and Midwesterner, “cooler” is still warm! This time of year would typically conjures up memories of first snows, cozy clothes and crackling fires in a wood burning fireplace.

For me, December is a festive month. One I look forward to for many reasons. The seasonal songs on the radio inspire me to sing along, with child-like enthusiasm. More than once, I’ve been caught performing in my car by someone in the car next to me! Most people seem happier, filled with the holiday spirit. Although I know, it can be a difficult time for others. It’s my birth month, my husband’s birth month and Christmas. A trifecta! And of course, there’s peppermint ice cream!!

As we enter this final month of 2016, I encourage you to take a moment and reflect on the year that has flown by. Good days, bad days, lazy days or crazy days, we’ve experienced them all. Be sure to take note of the little things, embrace the imperfect things and be thankful for everything.

To my family, my friends, my Paradise Valley Lifestyle team and all our partners in this publication, I wish you a joyous and blessed holiday season. Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas! May your December be one to remember.

Warmest regards,

Kat McMahon