Sunday, 21 December 2008

Now for something completely different...

...a winter storm,

We are being pummelled by a winter storm that has been menacing the north east and central states and Canada.

Yesterday was clear as a bell and actually nice out. Did I just say that?

Finally some decorations made their way outside and my little house is starting to take on the spirit of Christmas.


I'm now staying home for the Holidays, which I'm fine with. Today, I'm putting up the inside decorations and have lit a scented Cranberry candle. Gregorian and Elizabethan Christmas music is on, I love medieval music, my memory wanders and I wonder aloud how the human race has survived.

War, mostly over religion and indifference, famine, plagues and environmental changes. Our geography is our history, our heritage is what makes us who we are.

As the snow swirls in its dance with the wind, I reflect on how very lucky I am to live in a free country, own my own home, have a job and as a woman, I am lucky to have rights and the freedom of choice.

At this time of year, remember the Reason for the Season, rejoice and remember.

Christmas is not about what gift you get from a store or gift you give under duress of feeling guilt.

Christmas is the GIFT.

Let go of old grudges, old past memories, embrace the new beginning the Solstice gives us. The promise of spring, longer daylight.

I'm not going to get all religious on you, but truly, enjoy this magical time, enjoy the carols, lift a cup of wassail, embrace a friend,

because in days of yore, if they could have ...



(the front of the card reads)

"Oh, I am so blogging about this"

they would have!

Life's fun if you don't weaken,

Lily

20 comments:

Alexandra said...

You have a way with words! How fortunate we are and for that I will always be grateful!

Melanie said...

you'll get some great cross-training with all that shoveling!i think you'll be getting it worse than TO got. Great post, the world would be a better place if more people shared your vision :)

Marlene said...

We got quite a bit of the white stuff around here this weekend too.

Merry Christmas!

chia said...

Yesterady really was gorgeous :-). Merry Christmas sweetie!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

"Christmas is the GIFT."

Amen. Enjoy. :-)

MarieA said...

LOL!!!!
I'll call and we'll have a little bit of bubbly and some festivities kay kay?

Marci said...

Great post, thanks for lifting my spirits. I've been all boo-hoo me lately, but you are right -there is so much to be thankful for. (hugs)

The Running Knitter said...

I really liked this post. Thanks!

Judi said...

thanks lilly. i totally needed to hear this. xxoo - judi

bluecolnago said...

be careful with that storm and yukky weather.

great post! thanks for sharing...

Laurel said...

LOL! Love the card.

Beautiful post Laurel. You are so right. We have been doing less "holiday stuff" this year because of limited incomes, but I think we have eliminated a lot of the stress because of it, which makes it pretty nice.

Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Runner Leana said...

So well said Laurel!

Vickie said...

I know we're dealing with a lot of the same weather here! Like you, I am truly thankful for all I have. Merry Christmas!

Sunshine said...

The wordless picture of the cheerful snow shovel is a gift for this snowy season.
Can't believe this much snow before Christmas.

BeachRunner said...

That is awesome (the pic, the card and the sentiment). You're the best.

Nitmos said...

Instead, they would have said, "I'm am sooo writing on parchment about this!"

Merry Christmas!

Stuart said...

Great card and glad you had a break in the weather!

Kita said...

Beautiful post Lilly, Thank you.

D10 said...

Perfectly written! Happy holidays.

David said...

Awesome card! Glad you got some lights hung. I guess you should start earlier next year. September should do it, I think.