Friday, December 10, 2010

at this point in December

We don't ever move through the holiday season in exactly the same way, for the same variety of reasons I'm sure you don't, either. Some of it is logistical, some of it continually finding a balance; feeling out what makes sense in the here and now. We'll be getting our Christmas tree this weekend, and in my mind that's when we really step into the holidays, even though we've been edging that way for a couple of weeks now. For those things I know to be a constant, that define the rest of this month for me, I can't wait. The cocoa with marshmallows; paper snowflakes, if perhaps no real ones; singing Silent Night by candlelight on Christmas Eve; the wearing of some velvet and some sparkle; mistletoe; sitting by the fire and gazing at the white lights and the tree and pondering God once being human. Soaking in that still, that peace. Making things together. Anticipation and preparation and laughter. Games and puzzles and peanut brittle and a home full of pine scent. Singing along to carols. Contemplating sleeping by the tree, and perhaps doing it. I'm ready.

10 comments:

Vanessa said...

This has of be one of my favourite posts, so exquisitey written and with the most wonderful photos. Thank you. The moments you describe are so comforting and I can imagine you all there drinking hot chocolate by the fireside. Christmas Eve is perhaps my favourite time, when all the baking and wrapping is done and there is simply the light and tranquility to enjoy. We won't be getting our tree until 16th when I (hopefully) make it back to Derbyshire so you won't be the last.

Purple Flowers said...

A beautifully written post! I am also ready with my heart full of love.

Theresa said...

This is beautiful and reflective. we are just getting going over here. Our weather has finally cooled off, I always wait for that feeling in the air. :)

KPiep said...

I think I'm going to have to come to your house to celebrate Christmas! Sounds perfect!

You have such a good eye for your photography. That's a real gift.

Cathy said...

Terrific post. Great insight. New things to ponder. Beautiful and interesting things to look at. Thanks for setting up my day in a thoughful and peaceful way!

Francesca said...

Beautiful, Lecia. I'm ready too!

Kwana said...

Lovely, enjoy getting your tree.

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

I like the way you embrace change. Are those satsumas? I just had my first (3 actually) yesterday. They did not disappoint. Happy holidays.

molly said...

Oh, those cloud cutters...

Everything I love about christmas, you've captured here. And then some.

Thanks, lecia. And enjoy.

Deidra said...

This just makes me smile. The sparkle. The velvet. The anticipation of the things that always are each year and that will happen again soon. And then the openness to newness every year.