Winter is coming. Or maybe it’s already at the door. The December aesthetic is all about unwinding, catching up on sleep and rejuvenating as nature turns to its own repose.
Thanksgiving had us pondering upon everything and everyone we are truly grateful for (or how to be grateful in a year like 2020) and as we progress in the festive season, it serves us well to remember our blessings, big or small and allow them to warm our hearts as the earth freezes over. Our December aesthetic moodboard is essentially constituted of 3 Cs- Comfort, Coffee and Christmas!
Originally the tenth month in the calendar of Romulus (dec meaning ten in Latin), December officially marks the beginning of winter. The month, taken along with January, is referred to as Yule time as it is the time of the celebration of many winter festivals wherein people offer thanks for a good year and for being rewarded for their hard work. Fires are lit for protection rituals and to seek blessings against the harsh weather.
An important motif attached to the Yule festival is the Wild Hunt which features in a variety of European mythology as a procession of ghostly hunters in the sky, led by a prominent mythological figure. It was considered a bad omen, signalling impending death and disaster.
Decoding the December aesthetic
December is the month of sassy Saggitarians (until December 21) and chill Capricorns. The birthstone of the month is the stunning turquoise, borne of the blue sky and the cool water. It is symbolic of wisdom and fortune and has been worn for protection since ages.
Narcissus or daffodil is the birth flower of the month, usually associated with youthful pride. Other than vanity, it is also a symbol of wealth. Though disputed, the name is said to have been derived from the Greek myth of Narcissus who was enraptured by his own reflection in the pond and was thus transformed into a flower. Here’s a quintessential daffodil poem:
I wandered lonely as a cloudWilliam Wordsworth
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
December, snowy white, is painted red, green and gold- the colors of Christmas. Grab that glitter glam or go for a classy red dress for your party look. It’s sweater weather coming in with a vengeance. We might have a love-hate relationship with winter weddings but the charm of the December aesthetic perfected in a winter wonderland is irresistible.
Come, come thou bleak December wind,S.T. Coleridge
And blow the dry leaves from the tree!
Flash, like a Love-thought, thro’ me, Death
And take a Life that wearies me.
The December aesthetic isn’t just sparkling tinsel and bold reds, it’s also a warm and fuzzy feeling. The kind that brews in our hearts when we pamper ourselves with our beloved comfort food, get our hands on our favorite cup of java and take out time to do things we love. The kind that sprouts from joys and sorrows shared, from a hope for the future and a link to the past. It is the National Eggnog month in the States and the delightful desserts are an essential component of Christmas traditions.