Votive candles in Chartres Cathedral, Chartres, France...
Christmas means many things to me.
A few favorites that come to mind this evening ~
~ Christmas carols like O Holy Night
~ Christmas traditions like a row of taper candles on the mantle, one red candle for each family member who cannot be with us at Christmas, one white candle for each family member who has passed, and so can only be with us in spirit
~ Traditional food at Christmas...my grandmother's Christmas pudding, steamed for hours in the oven, then served screeching hot with a large scoop of real vanilla ice cream and topped with thick, rich brown sugar sauce; real Scottish shortbread with butter, brown sugar and flour and nothing more
Rich steamed pudding stuffed with raisins, currants, figs, cherries...
~ Christmas phone calls made first thing on Christmas morning to my friends who live in other areas, to my family who are away from home this time of year
~ The smell of Christmas oranges as I peel and section them before eating each small succulent slice
~ Gifts arriving by bus and by mail, packed in cardboard boxes and sealed with duct tape from my brother, placed inside white CanadaPost mailing envelopes and sent by ExpressPost from my sister
~ Fresh fallen snow, heaped against my front door, blanketing the rose bushes in my front flower beds
Between my family, my friends and my clients, I'm so well looked after at Christmas. I'm so blessed to have these loving people in my life, to call and wish me Merry Christmas, to cook a delicious turkey dinner for me to enjoy...truly, I am spoiled completely!
Wishing you a wonderful and peaceful Christmas season.
"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?
It came without ribbons. It came without tags.
It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more." ~ Dr. Seuss