Thursday, December 24, 2009

winter is here

It began to fall in the middle of last night and it continued all day long accumulating in a soft silence.  To look at it from an indoor perspective, the snow seems so innocent.  A fluffy white blanket of beauty transforms the landscape into a picture perfect wonderland. It hypnotizes flurried brains too full from the dizziness of trying to get organized for Christmas Day, and leaves us with time to ponder.  Winter is here.

Winter is here.  Pine bows laden with new snow bend with a sense of reverence.  Christmas lights wrapped around garlands of evergreen, peak out from their new white vantage, giving off a shimmering prism of colour like the ancient stained glass in far away cathedrals.  Lawns cloaked in layers of uniquely shaped flakes whisper a pristine elegance.  Forgotten calm returns in memories of days gone by....... Stillness is what we seek. 

Off in the distance, I can hear tires spinning...... people striving to get to their destinations, stressing over the slippery roads in need of sand and salt.  I was one of them earlier in the day.  I felt that electric anxiety as my wheels spun haphazardly while trying to navigate a hill.  It left me exhausted and frustrated, afraid I would get stuck with no place to turn around.  Somehow I managed but it seemed to take the last of my energy to outmaneouver the elements.  Perhaps that was what I needed to slow down...... to let go of trying to control the unfolding of the season, to return to those memories forgotten in the rush.  I'm home as I yawn towards hibernation.

Tonight, the wind is lifting from sound of hallowed aching, its gusts creep into the house..... chilly drafts through cracks in foundations.  It makes flannel and fleece the preferred comfort.  My thoughts are here with my family all present and accounted for......... all tucked in for the night.

Winter is here.  So is Christmas Eve.  So am I, reintroducing myself to peace.


Gilly said...

I hope you have a very peaceful and happy Christmas! X

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh that wreath looks PERFECT, Dana. It says it all---about Winter and Christmas. So, You Are Having A "WHITE CHRUSTMAS"....Hooray, my dear, Hooray!
I wish you and yours a beautiful Holiday Season with a particularly lovely and Merry Christmas....! Lift a glass for me, my dear.

Gypsy said...

That 2nd paragraph makes me feel as though I am there enjoying it all with you.

Have a wonderful Christmas Dana and I hope Santa brings you everything you asked him for...great list btw. Much joy to you and all your lovely family.

awareness said... too. Merry Christmas.

Naomi....A very white Christmas. We're just getting shovelled out so I can go to the Christmas market. It's really beautiful and not too cold... just hovering around the freezing mark on the thermometer. The sun keeps trying to peak out from behind the clouds. Thank you Naomi. I hope your holiday season comes with a few lovely surprises.

Gypsy... I will take some photos this morning and post them for you. Merry Christmas to you and your family. You must be celebrating already? I can never figure out what time it is in Oz. :)

Anonymous said...


What Do We Love About Christmas?

What do we love about Christmas;
Does our delight reside in things?
Or are the feelings in our hearts
The real gift that Christmas brings.

It's seeing those we love,
And sending Christmas cards, too,
Appreciating people who bring us joy
Special people just like you.

By Joanna Fuchs

Thanks for being part of my life
Blessings to you and yours
Much Love

TheChicGeek said...

What a beautiful post and beautiful pictures. I'm happy you are home and cozy!
Dana, I wish you a Merry Christmas filled with love and peace and happiness! It has bee an honor getting to know you in Blogland!
Hugs :)

Walker said...

I can't imagine Christmas without snow.
my aching back may disagree but what the heck

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Anonymous said...

Beautifully written. You write with reverence. It as if the snow has fallen just in time for Christmas and is perfectly blanketing the land. Have a wonderful Christmas, Dana XXX

theMuddledMarketPlace said...

'reintroducing myself to peace'
like it
blessings to yours

swile67 said...

it's raining here and mild...we had a semi-green christmas...i miss the snow!!! hope you had a great one...we did! it was lovely-no brother home but it was lovely indeed and peaceful! all the best to you and your family! happy new year!

Kay said...

oh, how i know this winter time has come! you describe it so elequently...just beautiful.

awareness said...

Thank you for all your well wishes. Merry Christmas to everyone. We had a wonderful day, albeit a little different because we had to get our youngest ready for his trip. He left early yesterday morning for a month! This made Christmas Day even busier! But, it was all good.

JP/deb said...

Sending love and wishes that the Christmas day was filled with joy, release and happiness.

For me, letting go of expectations was the key to a very happy Christmas.