Well, we’ve officially entered a new month. (And I’m late calling it in 😬 I hope you’ll forgive me for that.)
With the commencement of December, we see more and more lights hanging from the awnings of warm homes and dancing about the trees, little twinkling glimmers calling us hither to Christmas.
Wreathes of holly deck porches to symbolize the eternity of salvation, Christmas cookies donning grocery store aisles, hot cocoa becoming a daily staple as families gather round to watch Christmas classics. The Grinch playing on the living room screen, Hallmark is next, what a delight!
“Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “Holly Jolly Christmas” resound over the radios. Ahh, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, folks. 😌 And I’ll drink to that ☕
The one thing I am missing this year is the smell of sugar cookie dough and the sight of green and red icing covered in sprinkles hiding the little cookie bites which they grace. Oh, red hots and gum drops and sixlets, I crave! Sweet bites and fresh gingerbread sites and sugar cookies delight!
…I gotta get me some of that 😍
It is also time for families to pull out the ornament boxes which have settled with dust in the attic, visit a local tree farm and chop down a fresh evergreen, and decorate its branches with precious memories.
Once the tree is up and glorious to brightly light the night, it’ll be time to stuff away gifts to wrap, hiding presents from prying eyes. Paper rolls of golds and greens, Santas and Mistletoe sprawled about the floor; our tree is ever growing with boxes beneath! Tape and tags and scissors abound! Dust off the stockings, it’s time for a Silent Night winter wonderland.
Logs by the mantle are ready for warming, so as the weather continues to drop and it becomes cold outside, gather round the hearth, put on a warm fire, set on “Let it Snow” in the old record player, and listen to the crackle of warm winter nights.
The Christmas dream awaits new ears, young and old alike! Read baby her first Christmas story, and let Tommy help to deck the halls. Sit around the old recliner and hear Grandpa tell the story of the Night Before Christmas. Pull out the classics off of dad’s shelf, mom’s collection, too. Before each bedtime as we count down to Santa’s arrival, we’ll read a new story, or a chapter or two. The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Tale of Three Trees, and let’s not forget the King of Bethlehem born of a virgin as told in the book of Luke.
Sleepy eyes will dream of reindeer hooves pattering on the roof to welcome a big red sleigh and all the wishes from the very long list they’ll deliver to the North Pole quite soon here!
Bicycles and tricyles, fishing rods and tops, dice and dominoes and dollies and blocks; teddy bears and trains, airplanes and cars, we’ll be set for a whole new year of joy and growth and sharing and caring.
So, put on the garland, wrap the skirt, nurture a fire and yawn after grandpa whispers “…and to all, a good night!” carry the kiddos from couch to bed. Christmas awaits, and winter celebrates, December is upon us, let us cheer in silent mirth.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas, and may your heart be kind 😉
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