We have the smallest amount of snow possible, the rock hard leftovers from the 15 inches that fell on the 9th, then melted, re-froze and eventually got rained on a week later. So technically, well have a white Christmas, but not the magical white, sparkling like a lit up spruce tree. Well definitely have cold too, as a deep freeze seems to be settling over Minnesota.
But our Christmas wont look like this. We woke to this on Christmas Day of 2009 and it was magical.
I have plenty of cookies in the pantry, thanks to a cookie exchange with online friends, the kind of friends that share tiny tidbits of daily life through Twitter, or Instagram, some who have never met but feel like old friends the moment youre in the same room. There was a lot of hugging at this cookie exchange. Because there was a lot of love. There was wine, beer and simple food. The cookies were secondary; it was time for girls to gather and hearts to open and time to connect. This last week or so held a lot of love between friends. It was just what I needed.
There will be family. There will be food, no doubt. There will be time in the car as we scurry from one house, then back home for a second celebration. There is a tall and regal fir tree in the corner, groaning under the weight of a lifetime, collected carefully and hung like a finely choreographed play, dripping in tinsel, tin icicles, twinkling lights and promise. Garlands are strung, wreaths are hung, and packages arrive, empty boxes and bags here and there, things stashed in closets and under desks and stern looks are sent round to not snoop or peek. Eli sits under the brightly lit Christmas tree, gazing at nothing. It warms my heart every time I catch him doing it.
The sky bleeds reds and golds, both morning and night, casting purple shadows across the landscape, the solstice has passed and even caught deep in the throes of Winter darkness and cold, we all know the days are getting longer, and its only three months until Spring. The trees know, stark and black against the sky, and the ground knows, frozen solid under our feet, its roots asleep. Even our cats know, as we open the door each frigid morning, they sniff the air knowingly, before they retreat back to the warmth. Its expected, and the extra blankets, throws and lap covers have come out of storage and drape the sofas with promise. Promise of warmth on a cold night. Promise of a season, brief and quiet.
But for now, its Christmas. Its magic and shining eyes and the birth of our Savior. Its carols and warm embraces and people we love. Its a fire, a glass of wine. Its reaching out more and holding back less. Its hope and affirmation.
From my family to yours, we wish for you the Merriest Christmas, full of light and hope,
and a blissful coming New Year!!
My blog will be undergoing a big makeover, and I likely wont be posting much between now and when its complete.
Hopefully before the first month of 2013 is over, well sort the details, dot the is, cross the ts,
wrangle the whys and hows and begin anew with a quiet Ta-Da!. See you then, friends!!
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