This Christmas

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime. ~Laura Ingalls Wilder, American writer

To be a child at Christmastime!
To once again behold this world
With awe. And joy. And hope. And love.

Or to be an adult at Christmastime!
Shopping for gifts and wrapping them, too.
Cooking the meal, cleaning up, and sneaking a nap.

Or to be a bush at Christmastime!
Covered in white, listening to the universe.
Perhaps shivering a bit under the snow.

Note: Whatever your role this holiday season, I wish you and yours a most blessed Christmas, with a happy and healthy 2021 to come! I’m taking a wee blogging break — back soon.

34 thoughts on “This Christmas

    • Frank, thank you so much for your kind words of praise — I’m blushing over here! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, too. Oh, and yes, I did tie a wee red piece of yarn around the tiny tree — more like a holiday scarf than a star topper, but I hope it will stay warm and feel loved (and festive!) this way!

  1. What a creative way of thinking about Christmas. Humans and nature, joining in celebration. It’s not just the kids who enjoy Christmas, and we don’t have to pretend to be children to celebrate — especially if the bushes can pull it off, too!

    • Thanks very much, Linda! Yes, I do believe all nature joins in when Christmas arrives! Of course, it’s easy to feel jolly when the sun’s shining (and the snow has melted, ha!) I hope your holidays are wonderful … good food, good friends, and perhaps a good book?!?

    • Thank you for saying that, Dawn! Just when we all get to thinking 2021 *can’t* be any worse than the year we’ve just endured, something might be lurking in the wings to throw us a curve ball. Nah, let’s focus on the good things — happy Christmas to you and yours (and hug the Princess for me — if she’s not the cuddling kind, maybe you can bribe her with a cookie!)

  2. Debbie, what a wonderful Christmastime poem!

    And it’s funny because even though I fit into the “adult” role, Christmas always makes me feel like I’m in the “child” role because I always get childlike this time of year.

    Thanks so much for sharing this today, my friend! Enjoy your break!

    Wishing you and Domer a very Merry and Blessed Christmas, and faaaaaabulous New Year!

    Cheers and X!

    • Ron, I can identify with ALL these roles!! But there’s something magical and extra-special about the “child” role, with its eagerness to embrace all the season has to offer. More of us need to let our child come out to play, don’t we?

      Happy Christmas to you, my friend. This will be so strange, not being in Church for Christmas services but watching them online. Let’s pray the virus goes away soon! xx

    • Laurie, I’m right there with you — I think everybody has had it with 2020! And to think we started the year out with such high expectations!! Happy Christmas to you and yours.

  3. I like how you look at Christmas from many different angles–even that of a bush shivering beneath snow. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones! I hope Spirit fills your heart with many gifts. And much love. We can never have too much love, can we?

    • What a beautiful wish, Kathy — thank you! No, we can’t have too much love. I’m glad my words resonated with you today. Part of me felt sorry for the bush, but it didn’t seem unhappy at all. Nor did it seem resigned. Watchful/expectant waiting seems more accurate — perhaps ideal for Advent?!

  4. This sums it up perfectly! I love Christmas, always have, and it was a particular godsend this year. 🙂 Hope your Christmas was lovely, Debbie. Happy New Year!

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