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Keeping Christmas in My Heart

Unlike Ebenezer Scrooge, I love everything about Christmas! The baking, the sappy-sweet Christmas movies, the twinkling lights, the glittering tree, packages wrapped with love and care, our Christmas Village, red bows, and especially the nativity. It's all so beautiful! I find it a special treasure to sit with a warm cup of coffee, in the early morning hours before the house has awakened, and just soak it all in as I sip my coffee. It also gives me time to do some mental planning...what do I plan to do different next year... what were my favorite moments of this season... what do I want to purchase during the online after Christmas sales... what new recipe do I want to try next year? But I mostly sit and daydream while enjoying the wonder in all that is Christmas.

We typically leave most of our Christmas up until Three Kings Day. We are blessed to have our boys home until after New Years and the temptation is strong to use their muscles to help us haul all our Christmas boxes to the upstairs storage room before they must leave. As my husband says, we aren't getting any younger! He can speak for himself! I must admit that he has a point. College football and a few knee surgeries and a knee replacement hamper my hubbies ability to climb up and down our stairways. BUT.. I love to take my time to reorganize as I begin boxing things up so that decorating becomes easier and easier each year. Simply said, I don't like to be rushed! I often put on a Christmas classic to watch while I begin my Christmas un-decorating routine. It makes it a little more joyful, but drives my task driven husband crazy!

In his book, A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens wrote, "I will honour Christmas in mu heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not forget the lessons that they teach!" 

I love remembering past Christmas seasons, dwelling in the present and planning for the future. Maybe I have a connection with old Ebenezer Scrooge after all!

Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse


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