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Christmas cheer

December 24, 2011

Are you ready for Christmas? If you have time to read this, I expect that you are (or that Christmas doesn’t figure large in your life). Don’t you think, though, that being ready for Christmas is not only about ticking chores off lists, but also a matter of the heart? I am never ‘ready’ in the sense of having done everything I meant to do before the festivities. Yet in the last couple of days, I have at last found myself ready to welcome Christmas.

At its heart is the mystery, the beauty and the challenge of the child in the manger. How that story has become tangled up in holly and  Christmas trees and snow and Santa Claus is beyond me, but I love all these trappings of Christmas-tide too. We have been busy:

gathering holly and fir branches to deck the halls,

opening Advent calendars (I hope that I am never to old to enjoy opening these little doors),

doing some festive cooking (there’s nothing like the scent of warm cloves and cinnamon to cheer a winter’s day),

singing carols (from a very Sixties carol book, complete with pictures of Sputnik) around the piano, with the dog joining in as often as not,

'The Golden Book of Carols', 1967

decorating the Christmas tree,

and – in a complete reversal of last year’s weather – longing for more snow.

And now the day is upon us. We are meeting up with friends and family and sharing some good fellowship, which perhaps is the essence of the season. However you spend yours, may I thank you for visiting Dancing Beastie this year and wish you a very Merry Christmas.

A Christmas card by our younger son

15 Comments leave one →
  1. December 24, 2011 6:23 am

    Merry Christmas to you and all of your Beasties, too!

  2. December 24, 2011 11:12 am

    Merry Christmas to you and family, from my little bit of Scotland to yours. “Merry was the word Susan liked, not the limp word, ‘happy’.” A Christmas teaser for you – can you pinpoint the book?

  3. hmunro permalink
    December 24, 2011 2:21 pm

    Christmas is indeed a matter of the heart, db, and I’m not quite there yet — but your post has brought me closer. Thank you for sharing a bit of your life and for brightening many a day. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours. xo

  4. Toffeeapple permalink
    December 24, 2011 4:04 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, I hope you achieve Peace and Joy.

  5. Erika W. permalink
    December 25, 2011 12:29 am

    A very happy Christmas to you and your family and friends from Delaware to Scotland and with wishes for a very healthy and happy New year.

  6. December 25, 2011 12:59 pm

    Lovely post, DB. Wishing you and your family all the peace and joy of Christmas and a very happy and healthy New Year

  7. December 25, 2011 4:47 pm

    Wishing you a happy Christmas and new year (Hogmanay, there, presumably?)

  8. December 26, 2011 5:54 pm

    Thank you for sharing with us a little of your festivities!
    Love the Christmas card!
    This being Boxing Day, may you have a jolly good time!
    Blessings to all,

  9. December 28, 2011 3:27 pm

    Hope you had a lovely Christmas! I’ve nominated you for the “Versatile Blogger” award (see my blog). I don’t normally do these things but thought it was a good opportunity to “promote Scotland”. And I so love reading your blog!

  10. December 28, 2011 4:14 pm

    What a great Christmas post. Enjoyed the pictures with the carol and the lovely glass ornaments – but the best was the Christmas card at the end.

  11. January 9, 2012 1:23 pm

    Don’t mean to put you on the spot or anything Beastie, but can we all come to your place next Christmas? I can be counted on for singing the carols, sledding, decorating the tree, and helping you get rid of that spiced cranberry jelly 😉

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      January 10, 2012 4:55 pm

      Ooh, erm, let me think about that one, Corey! Must admit that another carol singer is a tempting thought…. 🙂


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