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Living Graciously, Artfully, Frugally.

Consciously taking notice of the gifts each day places in our path.

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” R. W. Emerson

Friday, December 16, 2011

Thoughts on Christmas Fluff


Hello my friends,
Now that every little corner reflects the shiny bright memory of Christmas past it is time to do a bit of personal reflecting.


Decking the halls with trinkets and baubles brings much pleasure once the work is finished.


However I sometimes get testy while in the process. How un Christmas like is that?


Is all the fluff worth doing if it isn't a joyous process?


Once complete I would have to say yes.
Visual people need to create just to fill their eyes with something that speaks to them.


So we do this thing once a year that really has very little to do with the real Christmas.
Perhaps though, the fact of bringing some cheer to a dark world, hope for something better, is all a part of Christmas too.


My nativities are always on display but so is all the candy colored, sparkling finery.


I think it is OK to love both sides of the season. The celebration of Christ's birth and the hope it brings each year as well as all the tinsel filled memories of our childhoods.


To savor the peace of the season as well as the hustle and bustle of preparation.
We are preparing to celebrate the greatest birthday of all so let us do that each in our own way.


When the big day ends, my favorite time is the 12 days between Christmas and Epiphany when Christ is revealed to the Magi. 
Time to reflect and enjoy family and friends and the last days before taking it all down and starting with a clean slate in the new year.


I will be taking some time from posting to reflect and enjoy this wondrous season. 
To visit with more of you and revel in the ways you celebrate in your homes.
To go out and enjoy the season stripped of baubles. Just the clear, crisp beauty that nature brings.


Have a blessed Christmas, a sparkling New Year and all the happiness that simply living brings.

"Epiphany:  A sudden, intuitive perception into the essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely or commonplace occurrence or experience."

Yours in reflection, P.
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