In the words of Buddy the Elf: Santas comin', Santas comin', Santas comin'!
The magic of Christmas is here at last. The presents are all wrapped and waiting, shiny and expectant under our Christmas tree. The house is filled with food and smells and decoration. As I start to partake in the small traditions particular to my family, I feel that magic Christmas feeling descend over us all. We think back to the many Christmases gone before us and take comfort in these familiar traditions. We also look at the things that have changed and delight in these or feel bittersweet. Tonight, I feel excited to see the crib in my church finally holding the figure of the baby Jesus and hear church filled with song. I think of my little nephew as he sleeps; how he has brought some of the Santa magic back to our family as only children can and I think happily of all the Christmas Days he has infront of him. I long to eat so much I feel drowsy, see all those near and dear to me and enjoy all the time spent together. I have spent time the past few days feeling anxious that my presents for people are too small and wishing I had more to give. I am thankful for the friends and family that have calmed me with the old but true it's the 'thought that counts' sentiment. It has also reminded me not to underestimate these people and their generous hearts that understand my pancial situation!
I think too of the hearts that are heavy. I know people in grief this year, a type of Christmas I have experienced before and I am sure some of you reading this may be experiencing now. This time of year often heightens emotions and grief and can be so difficult for so many. It can also be comforting to go through old traditions and rituals and have time to stop and remember. It is OK and perfectly natural to be sad at this time of year and I hope it is bearable for those I know and anyone reading this who may be dreading the day.
I have finally got a better hang of crochet recently. I made these trees to stick onto handmade cards and I really like these stars. I have made garland/buntings out of the stars by crocheting a cord and attaching 7 stars. They look nice draped around the tree or across a fireplace and I am giving them as gifts to a few people. I hope they like them! I always like something handmade and I've made all red, all white and some red and white garlands. I love this red and white one especially, it looks a bit Scandinavian to my eye.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all wherever you are in the world. Whether you eat a turkey or a nut roast, if you are working or watching TV all day, if you are celebrating alone or with a big extended family - Happy Christmas! Have a peaceful holiday everybody. My Christmas wish this year is to simply remember to be aware of the magic this day holds for me and to hold on to it (that and maybe a little dusting of snow overnight!)