After sending out so many handwritten cards to friends all over the world, I’m using this here to give you my thoughts on the spirit of Christmas, and a few images that I love best.
Anita sent me this today:
Christmas on Oxford Street.
Now I’ve only ever been in London in late spring, but I’d dearly love to go there during Christmas time, too.
I’ve written a longish chapter about my characters being there in December and diving into the busy shopping life and generally enjoying themselves (as some people clearly must, or they would not do it; I know I would love it, I don’t mind happy crowds).
Anita, you are a sweet girl and a dear friend. Hopefully we’ll meet, some day!
Lydia is going a little posting-crazy with images right now, too, so here’s what she sent:
It reminds me a bit of the one guy from “Total Recall”, right? But it would sure win Neil’s “Ugly Sweater Contest”, if that’s what you were after, Blue! 😉
And she promised to make this for all of us: Hot chocolate with star-shaped marshmallows!!!
Tyler Massey, the sweetest US expatriate in the UK. A master tweeter, and a great musician, sends us this (is there a slight resemblance??)
Gail. She must be the sun of Scotland, she radiates so much warmth and love.
She captioned this pic “A selection of frozen chicken”.
Also, I’m getting a lot of this these days. They make me feel VERY good, just the color of the cup alone is enough to make the spirits bright!
Right now, it is getting dark outside, at 4pm, the sky is very overcast and the temperature is dropping again. The snow did not melt completely yesterday, everything is still white outside, and I think we will have the White Christmas they promised us.
In all honesty I can’t remember when we last had one.
There were lots of rainy holidays, and one was so warm we could take a walk in sweaters.
The guys just came home from the grocery shopping chore, loaded with goodies and treats – well, and some groceries – the tree is decorated and lighted, there are even a few presents under it already!
The candles on the Advent wreath will be exchanged one last time to be lighted tonight, and then, for tomorrow night, there will be a lot more, all in red, because it looks so cozy and warm.
In that, I’m a bit conservative.
Just yesterday there was a note about a German actress in the paper who has decorated her home in chocolate brown, dark purple and black for Christmas. I ask you, where’s the light and glitter in that.
This here is The Bug and her siblings:
under the family Christmas Tree.
Don’t need to say anything about the Bug, right? (Besides that she thinks I’m her “other” Mom now…. that makes me feel old!!!)
This just occurred to me: I love the tweets that say: “off to do a last minute errand”, because it implies that people are indeed winding down for the holidays.
This is the best about this time of year: the quieting of the rush, the getting together of folks who have not seen each other in a while, the special care and love that is invested in decorating and cooking, and the evening spent wrapping gifts we have thought about, sought for and bought for our loved ones.
Oh, and this: sitting on the corner of the couch, waiting for the outcry from across the Ocean when someone who did not expect to get anything will receive that little parcel with the green customs sticker and shout out over twitter or facebook in surprise!!!
Oh, here’s another one that Rachelle Gardner just posted:
There’s little to add to this, is there? Can it get any better?
Here comes the Bunny, and she gives us a glimpse of her home for this season.
There’s not a lot I have to say about the Bunny either, right? Just go back in the blog, and you’ll meet her over and over again!
And here’s the last twitter one: Kitty Christmas, from Kaffieann.
This funny pic of a Christmas Tree topped by antlers (?) comes from Lisa, who seriously needs her behind walloped one of these days for repeatedly putting herself down, when in fact she is one of the most compassionate, loving people I’ve ever met.
And of course, this would not be a proper Mariam blog without this pic:
A happy guy, with a lovely Christmas Tree!
I’m wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, my friends, and a very Happy New Year.
May you be safe and well and healthy and glad, and never alone.
Some of you I’ll get to meet next year (one of you, even this year, if in the nick of time!).
Love you all!
This last, thanks to Michelle 🙂
A last minute update: Here is Marion’s daughter, sharing a moment of quiet with her Mom:
And a happy guy at the San Francisco Zoo, via Candy:
And this, dear friends, is it!!! Merry Christmas, once again. 🙂