Sunday, December 20, 2009

some quiet magic

for the 2nd year in a row we'll have no children or grandchildren home for christmas. this means that we can decide - just for ourselves- what we do and don't want to do. and once again we've chosen not to get a christmas tree but to put up only a few well-chosen decorations to remind us that it is the holiday season. so friday, after finally cleaning the house, i hung an artificial bough with tiny lights over the livingroom archway. and instead of outdoor lights, a tiny artificial tree with twinkling lights in the front window. and on the mantel only my favourite decorations - ones i never tire of looking at - the papier machier reindeer and the feathery white trees flanking a vase of flowers (which i'll keep changing over the next few weeks). and later in the day i witnessed the light and shadows playing with the ornaments and i knew that if the room had been more cluttered with decoration, i would have missed it.

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