Sunday Thoughts ~ December Magic

“Suddenly December… the magic begins.” ~ Unknown

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Good morning, beautiful souls.  And, a Happy December to you!  December is truly a magical time, isn’t it?  Perhaps, if the magic, beauty, and kindness which accompanies the month remained throughout the year, it wouldn’t be so greatly appreciated.  However, I think you would agree, it would be marvelous to give it a try.

My grandmother, Belle Fears of Collins, Mississippi, was a wonderful woman.  She made every attempt to keep the spirit of Christmas alive in her heart all year.  At the end of each Christmas season, when she was putting away her decorations, she would always select one small ornament to hang in her kitchen window.  She said, “When I feel agitated or ‘out of sorts,’ I will look at the ornament and it will return Christmas to my heart.”  I began her practice many years ago.  I wish I could tell you it has always worked for me, I can’t.  But, I can tell you it returns the precious memory of my grandmother and times shared in her wonderful kitchen.  And that, in itself, is magic.

“…freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin – inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night…”
~ John Geddes, A Familiar Rain
While we no longer have a live tree in our home, when I see them on tree lots around town, their very appearance speaks of magical moments in the days ahead.  Family and friends gathered around decorated trees, enjoying the twinkling lights and soft glow of the season.  And the smell of fresh pine, even in candle form, will evoke delightful childhood memories.

“The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?” ~ J.B. Priestley

Our first significant snow usually arrives sometime in December.  And, it easily becomes part of the magic of December, creating a fairy-like wonderland with its softness and beauty. 
“I love snow for the same reason I love Christmas:  It brings people together while time stands still.” ~ Rachel Cohn
“Christmas magic is silent. You don’t hear it ~ you feel it. You know it. You believe it.” ~ Kevin Alan Milne

 

Dear friends, I hope this post will begin your December with a bit of magic. Enjoy this glorious time of year and every drop of beauty it brings.  But as we go about this busy month, let us keep in mind, “ …when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans ~ and all that lives and moves upon them. He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused ~ and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave us Himself.” ~ Sigrid Undset

Wishing you and yours a beautiful day!

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

 

Notes:  Sigrid Undset was a Norwegian novelist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928.

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Maristella
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Hi,dear Sandra! I love your post because I love Christmas and you describe the real meaning of this precious time…Curiously,last year,I did the same thing your Grand did…I left some angels figurines in my kitchen the whole year and it was so good but I didn’t realize the reason…Now I know! Have a blessed Sunday!

Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
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Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

Sandra, you have found the most perfect quotes and photographs for this first day of December. The last one was very well said. Happy December, sweet friend!

Penny Carlson
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Such beautiful photos. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas season.

Brenda @ It\'s A Beautiful Life
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Your post is magical. Every photo. Each saying. Your own special thoughts. It’s a perfect start to this most wonderful time of the year. Happy December, Sandra! xox

jeanie
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It IS magical, isn’t it? I love each and every word of this post, the feelings it evokes of nostalgia and past holidays, the anticipation of things to come. And indeed, what Christmas really is all about. Much love and joy to you and yours as we discover the magic of December.

Pam Richardson
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Sandra, oh my what a gorgeous post. Every image, quote, and sentiment is just beautiful. But the sweet story of your grandmother Belle is too wonderful for words, and what a fitting name for a lady who knew what is most important. I am running behind on commenting, but I needed the respite this morning just basking in the glorious season and all of God’s goodness. Thank you for spreading love and beauty my sweet friend…Happy Monday!

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