Living in Maine means embracing long, cold winters – it’s part of the culture and what makes Mainers so resilient. Instead of fighting the dark, which somehow still surprises me every year, we are leaning into Mother Earth and bringing some of the calming, grounding energy of the outdoors into our home as we prepare for the holidays! (McFarlane Field Family Party tonight 🥂)

One of the most brilliant features of Maine is that even in the dullness of winter, we can still find beauty and life all around us. Foraged items like pinecones, evergreens and holly combined with other natural elements like dried oranges (thanks @rosemontmarket) can create a beautiful tablescape, honoring nature and bringing an earthy and rooted vibe into any space. Add a few choice candles, and you have a cozy, inviting atmosphere that will warm your heart and soul.

As we celebrate the shortest day of the year, let’s embrace the light and warmth of the holidays, family, and friends. Let’s remind ourselves that the days will get longer, and the warmth will return – it always does. For now, let’s slow down, snuggle up, and hold on to any tiny bits of light we can in our families and in our homes.

For now…we will slow down, snuggle up, and hold on to any tiny bits of light we can in our families and in our homes.