This time of year is magic for us.
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.
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. 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, 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.
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.
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!