That holiday spirit is starting to float threw my
house like the smell of a mincemeat pie baking in
I am happily singing as I decorate the house with
red and green candles that smell of balsam fir trees
and putting festive tablecloths out.
Who'da thought I would be gripped by that Christmas
spirit in such a way? I am spending Christmas at
our families home, and I have to admit that I was feeling
a little "humbug" by who knows what.
I breathed a sigh of relief when I realized I wouldn't have
to haul out the goods from the basement this year. Instead,
I could stay in someone else's finely decorated house with little
effort on my part. Ha! (That sounds bad doesn't it. LOL! And so
We would just skip Christmas decorations in our house. Why
decorate? We would be embraced by holiday cheer once we
got to our families homes. It's not like we are going to Jamaica
instead of "having Christmas". We would still have the pudding
and the cheer. Why go threw the trouble here?
Then I thought about my mother whose birthday is in a few days.
And this made me think....
Had I let all the troubles of the year turn me into to a grinch?
Had I forgotten what Christmas is really about?
But then the wind changed to that cool crispness that you only
feel when Christmas is near. Which again reminded me of
my mother. She always had the spirit of Christmas in her.
We didn't have much, but she sure made us feel we had love
and each other.
I remember her putting out her dime store ornaments that
we thought were great treasures. Tinsels and socks and a
plug in fireplace.
I never knew these things were not grand. They were handled
with care and looked forward to from year to year. The years
finally did wear them out and sadly they are no more. Only in my
mind can I see them.
And somehow I am now hooked. I wake up singing my favorite
holiday songs... a little off tune, but with much zeal.
My favorite song to sing loudly and with great enthusiasm
is "Hark the herald".... You know the one.....
Hark the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled"
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"
The day is sure to be cheery If you shout it out with all you have! LOL!
Now, mind you, I didn't put much out in the way of decorations.
Just a few family favorites.
Here in Germany we put our shoes outside for Saint Nickolaus
are found to be filled with goodies including candy and gifts.
We have gotten nuts and sweets in previous years. :)
Have a Happy Holidays my dear friends. ~kimme
(btw, I will try to post pics of my up coming adventures)