In Which Christmas Is Celebrated

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This time of year is magic for us.

Pure magic.

Sure, there never seems to be enough time to get everything done, and there’s always all the negative stuff that can creep in this time of year, but we do our best to ward it off with pine boughs and cookies and quiet evenings in front of the fire.shelf

I love the combination of festivity and solemness this time of year brings. Short, overcast days with rare peeks of sun for us, but the twinkle of Christmas lights helps make up for the lack of sunbeams. Candlelight, frosty windows and anticipation swirling together.Β Ribbon candy, and old-fashioned decorations and ornaments that have been hung with care year after year. Nostalgia is a big part of the magic for us.

Seeing the magic through our kids eyes is wonderful,Β too. I wonder what it will be like for them when they’re adults. What will they remember and what will be deemed so special that its almost holy in its reverence.

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I know many things from my childhood holidays have slipped beyond the reach of my memory. But many things haven’t. I still remember my grandmother’s favorite carol. And I can still smell the pine from all of our previous Christmas trees. The sound of scissors cutting wrapping paper. Bach and the Waitresses and the Muppets’ 12 Days of Christmas…ba da ba ba. Stevie Wonder and Elton John and Hark the Herald Angels Sing, mixing the old carols with the newer music that makes our kids (and us) want to dance.mantle

So a Very Merry to you and yours, no matter what you celebrate this time of year or how you celebrate it. Wishing you Peace, Love and Joy in this season and throughout the new year!

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36 Responses to In Which Christmas Is Celebrated

  1. Wonderful! And a very Merry to you too! Hope you had a fabulous day .. πŸ™‚

  2. sweetk8 says:

    Merry Christmas from Finland!

  3. Cathy says:

    Lovely! Happy Christmas!

  4. KerryCan says:

    Such evocative descriptions and photos–I really think our childhood memories of Christmas carry us through the holiday every year. Hope your day was all you wished for!

  5. pbmgarden says:

    A wonderful Christmas to you!

  6. Lovely post and thanks for sharing memories! Hope all of you at the Squirrel nest had a wonderful Christmas with new memories to add. Wishing you Love and Peace and Joy as well for the New Year, Johanna

  7. bittster says:

    Sounds like you do the holidays just right. Merry Christmas to you and yours and best wishes for 2015!

  8. Laurin Lindsey says:

    Such charming decorations! Happy Holidays : )

  9. rusty duck says:

    Hope you had a lovely day. Merry Christmas.

  10. Benjamin, this is lovely. I so enjoy reading your writing! Merry Christmas to you and your family!–Kimberley

  11. Robbie says:

    enjoy every moment-it passes ever so quickly:-) truly magical!

  12. Crooked Tracks says:

    Many wishes for a wonderful 2015!

  13. sweetk8 says:

    Hello!
    Here’s to hoping the new year is started off in the right direction!
    I have nominated your blog for a Liebster Award. If you accept, please answer the questions on my post and nominate 5 other people. Best wishes!

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  15. dandyknife says:

    I see Kermit on the curtain rod. Are he and Rudolph singing a duet — “The Red Nose Connection”, maybe, or “We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Hi-ber-na-tion”? Does Kermit know how fortunate frogs are, not to have to shovel snow?
    Safe and wonderful 2015 to you and your family!

  16. Ben, I admire your writing and have nominated your blog for a Liebster Award. It does involve some time and effort on your part, but I hope you’ll find it fun! You can find the details at the end of my most recent entry: https://cosmosandcleome.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/awards-season-not-just-for-film-and-tv-anymore/

  17. A very belated Merry Christmas and New Years to you! I just realized I hadn’t stopped by for awhile; I had to look up my recipe for oven roasted broccoli and your comment there reminded me! πŸ™‚

    Lovely tree and beautiful post! πŸ™‚

  18. Already counting the days to the next one!

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