Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Christmas Card


Like a banked campfire, the bright leaves of autumn gradually turn dry, drop, and crumble to ash. The skies begin to fade as well, becoming the dishwater gray in the increasingly shorter days. Ah, but night skies can be brilliant in the colder temperatures as diamond stars sparkle in the black sky. The earth prepares to go silent for restoration after the joyous Christmas celebrations and at the end of the year.

Oddly enough, I find the month filled with hope despite the increasing darkness. Oh, I don’t long for presents or parties, but instead feel optimism knowing there will be an easing away from the past year, good or bad, and am edging towards coming rebirth and new beginnings.

It is during this period that I take time to appreciate all the people in my life and to hold dear memories and thoughts of ones who are now gone. All the people in my life are like the individual and varied ornaments hung on branches of a fragrant Christmas tree. Each person lovingly comes into my life to add color and brightness, to shine like tinsel.

December can be a demanding month that races by with busyness as folks scurry around to buy, to wrap and to please. It is also a month for counting blessings…and letting Hope reignite in our hearts.
 May your holiday season be filled with all the hope and happiness possible.
   Merry Christmas and
            Happy New Year


Elephant's Child said...

That is a truly beautiful card - thank you.
I hope your new year is filled with love and laughter.

Sioux said...

What a great way to wish your followers a wonderful holiday. Back at ya, Claudia. Have an excellent holiday.

Rebecca said...

Highlighting hope and optimism and framing them as "light" in the darkness is a beautiful Christmas greeting, Claudia!

Merry Christmas to YOU.

(And do you know what's with the "I'm not a robot" box that's popping up on peoples' blogs following ones comments? I've found you don't even need to check it to publish!

Patricia A. Laster said...

Very beautifully said, Claudia. And all I can respond with is, may you and DH experience a fulfilling end-of-the-year.

Marylin Warner said...

Claudia, this is a lovely, poignant and almost prayerful Christmas blessing.
Also, just looking at your "almost done" pictures makes me smile. I know it's been a long haul, but it's truly beautiful...very inviting and lovely.
It's fitting that your new year includes your new innovations. May they be bright and hopeful!

noexcuses said...

Beautifully written! Yes, the people in our lives are like beautiful ornaments. Warmest wishes to you, too!

Susan said...

Hello Bookie...Hope your Christmas is really peaceful and beautiful. You deserve it after the past few weeks of remodeling. I think the house looks lovely. Susan p.s. Thanks so much for all your visits!

Marylin Warner said...

I left a comment on this earlier, but it wouldn't post, so I'll try again. But now I realize that Christmas had a difficult detail--your mother-in-law breaking her hip--so I'm sorry you all had that to go through.
I'm glad you're making a decision to get busy again with your writing. You had some excellent writing successes this year, Claudia, so here's making a New Year's wish that 2015 will be year of more lovely writing accolades for you..

BECKY said...

What a beautifully written Christmas card, Claudia! Thank you so much! In 2015, I hope to stop by the many blogs/people I love, on a much more regular basis. YOURS of course! :)