No ifs, no buts, it is honestly for me such a joyous season. I appreciate and respect that some people view it in other ways but I am the original (just ask my family) Mrs Christmas. As such I cannot let this season escape from my blog.
I have decided that now that Guy Fawkes's night is over that I will post some additional "countdown to Christmas" posts just celebrating this magical time. They will be my **days til... posts and I will post them completely separately to my normal weekly jewellery, gardening, outings, general rambling etc posts. Those of you who may already be despairing can just read those ones and not get whipped up with my mood. I promise I will return to normal in the new year! I would love to hear any comments on how you do things at Christmas. I know many of my readers are from abroad and I find it fascinating to learn of their different customs at this time of year.
In my countdown posts I will show some photos of my Christmas jewellery, my decorations, post some quotes or thoughts, humorous or otherwise, show my Christmas tree ( I have ornaments which go back to my dear grandparents, my oldest grandad who died many years ago was born on 1897) and any thing else which takes my fancy.
I am not going to get into politics or religion here, I respect every one's opinions, my Christmas posts are just for the sheer fun of it. Christmas for everyone can be an excuse for celebrating in the middle of the dreariness of mid winter, a wonderful time of fun, light, families, food, presents and more. I love to go to church to sing the carols I was taught at school and see the nativity but that is part of my Christmas. I also love buying presents, making crackers, going to parties all in the swirl and dizziness of the season. Yes there are member's of my dear family who are no longer with us and sitting at our dinner table but I remember them not with sadness but with the fun and laughter from Christmas times when they were here with us. It is a time to celebrate being alive. People will say that there is too much buildup to "the day" but the whole season is important to me, the day itself is just the icing on the cake.
My total joy of Christmas began as long ago as I can remember. There is a family story of me as a 3 year old not being able to get to sleep on Christmas Eve (I still have trouble even now!). My despairing parents gave up trying to put my sack of presents on my bed, left them outside my bedroom door and set the alarm for 5am for my poor Dad (Father Christmas) to get up then and "deliver "them. He duly got up on Christmas morning to find the sack had vanished. Apparently me as a 3 year old told them it got late into the early hours and I wondered where Father Christmas had got to. I got up and could not see his sleigh in the sky or hear the reindeer on the roof so decided to look outside my bedroom...I was delighted to see my presents outside and dragged them in myself!
We all know we do dream of a white Christmas, as long as the snow does not stop us getting to loved one's homes! This was my local church a few years ago, although this photo was taken in February 2009 it just looked so Christmassy it made me glow and I had to take a photo....
I am really excited that this year I can share my joy with everyone who reads my blog. To get you in the mood I rather like these Christmas quotes...
Christmas is for children. But it is for grown-ups too. Even if it is a headache, a chore, and nightmare, it is a period of necessary defrosting of chill and hide-bound hearts. ~Lenora Mattingly Weber
Christmas - that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance - a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved. ~Augusta E. Rundel
Until one feels the spirit of Christmas, there is no Christmas. All else is outward display-so much tinsel and decorations. For it isn't the holly, it isn't the snow. It isn't the tree not the firelight's glow. It's the warmth that comes to the hearts of men when the Christmas spirit returns again."
So come for the ride and join me in my celebration of this wonderful season......
Bye for now,