I love the magic of this time of year. I love the light as the sun travels further away from my spot on the planet. I love the added light of the candles lit, be they Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Christmas or just for the fragrance.
I love the magic of the soft light as dusk settles onto a city and the lights pop on. I enjoy having an early meal and then walking into Union Square, San Francisco with the sparkling tree towering over the ice skaters.
I love the magic of the creative gingerbread villages. One was modeled after the Swiss village the Chef of Lugano Restaurant came from. He spent hours on it and bragged that it was the best one ever.
Every year the Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach build a village. This year they modeled it after the streets of New York. It is so finely detailed it is difficult to reproduce in a picture.
I love the magic of Carmel. The flowers that bloom in the winter.
The brilliant fish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
The pelicans and the gulls in the bird sanctuary
May the world and all in it, have many magic, light filled moments in 2014.