Even small traditions can help make us appreciate the season. One tradition of mine is to open a tin of McClelland Holiday Spirit each Christmas to enjoy over the holidays.
McClelland stopped production in 2017, this years tin was made a couple of years before that in 2015, so it's now 7 years old. It's an aromatic tobacco with flavors of Dark Rum, Cocoa, and pecans added to the base of tobaccos. I'm not a huge aromatic smoker, but somehow the flavor combination says Christmas to me.
I enjoy smoking it in my Savinelli Saint Nicholas pipes. Each year, they release their Christmas pipes which have different accents on the stem based on that year's edition. I buy the 320ex, which is an author shape and has a great texture and a size that I enjoy. Combined with the Holiday Spirit tobacco, it puts me into as much of a holiday spirit as I can muster.
Add in a glass of Papa Pilar's Dark Rum which compliments the flavors and it makes a great evening.
I look back at 2022 and realize that I've managed to do a whopping six posts this year here on the blog. It's been a year full of changes, including relocating to a new state and also full of long hours of work.
My primary goal for 2023 is to get into a habit of at least weekly posts here. That will challenge me to create new images, which will hopefully get me out more to enjoy the photography I love, but never make time for.
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season, however you celebrate it and I'll see you back here in 2023.