“The best part about Christmas is the build-up to it, and doing all the fun stuff, like baking, decorating, getting presents for loved ones, getting a tree, watching Christmas movies, watching Christmas specials, drinking cocoa, playing in the snow, listening to Christmas music. . .” ~ Unknown
Good Sunday morning, dear friends. I hope this finds you well and enjoying this beautiful month. Mike and I are about ready for Christmas. We have a few remaining things to do outside and some small details inside. And then, the ‘cookie factory’ will open. The fruit cakes were made last weekend and they are enjoying their soak in Calvados (French apple brandy). You will find the recipe here.
“. . . snow~dusted villages lit with wick and wax, lit with wonder by tiny souls.” ~ M, Wonder & Joy
During my years growing up in North Central West Virginia, we always had snow during the Christmas season. Our downtown area was so pretty dressed in a blanket of snow and the lights sparkled like diamonds. Everywhere you looked, the lights were twinkling. There were specialty shops and beautifully decorated department store windows, as well as a huge tree. The tree, decorated with colored lights, proudly stood on the Court House Square, along with Santa’s house and loads of children so excited to visit Santa. Wiggling and dancing around, hardly able to contain their excitement. People were bursting with Christmas cheer as they scurried about, and finally ending their evening with a nice cup of cocoa at the local drug store, Wells and Haymaker. Truly, this is not a dream, it was just a different time and world.
“Between bustle and breaths, between twinkling and flurry, December’s warm embrace.” ~ M. Wonder & Joy
“I don’t remember what I got for Christmas when I was six or ten. I do remember the smell of the kitchen on Christmas morning. I remember counting the marshmallows my dad put in my hot cocoa. I remember waking up, giving my parents a hug, and feeling magic before a gift was even opened. Remember, it is the memories that make the magic.” ~ Unknown
Don’t Christmas ornaments bring back the memories? We have a tree in our family room with ornaments from both of our childhoods as well as from our school children. A Christmas ornament is the perfect gift for a teacher or school employee. Many I received were hand made and to me, that makes them extra special. I can still tell you who gave them to me, remembering the child fondly.
While we all decorate our trees differently, I have never seen one that was not beautiful. Large or small, lavish or simple. . .
“The Christmas tree is a symbol of love, not money. There’s a kind of glory to them when they’re all lit up that exceeds anything all the money in the world could buy.” ~
I certainly agree with Mr. Hope, ” Why do we have to wait for Christmas to be loving to others?” But at Christmas we are different, aren’t we? The entire world seems to be wrapped in the goodness that we do not see so much throughout the year. We are greeted everywhere with lovely decorations, marvelous smells, and smiles and greetings from strangers. We feel warm even in unseasonably cold weather. Such a part of the magic of the season.
“Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day.” ~ Helen Steiner Rice
Dear friends, know I wish you and yours a beautiful day.
And. . .
May the love of this precious time of year be yours to savor throughout the season and always. Stay well!
Images: via Tumblr and M.S. Lambiotte