Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

This Christmas, we were just not feeling the traditional thing. Neither of our families was going to be in town, and we've had a pretty tough year of serious illnesses and deaths among our family and friends, so we were a little low on Christmas spirit. It's easy to feel joyful when you're anticipating visits from grandchildren or spending the holiday with family - it's less compelling when they are all far away.

However, when the party invitations began rolling in, things started to look up. Neighbors were getting together to raise a glass or sing a carol. Cousins were inviting us to exchange ornaments and fill up stockings. Friends were calling us to come and see the model train that they set up around their tree each year. We even planned a trip to the city just to admire the lights and store windows. Slowly, we began to feel pretty darn good about this holiday.

Still, selecting and decorating a tree just seemed like too much trouble and, because we are hosting a big holiday party for my Masters swim team, we needed to conserve space in our house for the guests. I had an idea for decorating the front door rather than the inside of the house, and it tickled me so much that I actually found the energy to gather the requisite parts.

Because we have a purple front door, traditional red and green doesn't please my former-florist's eye. I wanted to go with green and white so we found a couple of white poinsettias, a rope of noble fir, a string of white lights, and several starfish to complete the design in my mind.

I'm pleased with the result. My neighbors will enjoy it as they walk by and it will be welcoming to our guests when they come for the party or for Christmas dinner. To me, it speaks of the return of the light to the world, too, which to my mind is as much a reason for celebration as the birth of a good guy more than 2000 years ago or the miracle of lamp oil lasting far longer than it should.

I hope your holidays are happy, your traditions are sustaining, and your New Year is the best one yet.


Anonymous jann said...

Forgot to tell you how lovely this looks. I did run inside, but just love this very different and appropriate garland.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Thanks, Jan. No one could blame you for not stopping to admire, since it was absolutely pouring down rain when you arrived! :-)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012  
Blogger nancy namaste said...

Such a beautiful effect - and may that door open on a much better year in 2013.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Nancy, thank you! And good 2013 wishes to you, too!

Thursday, December 27, 2012  
Blogger Greg said...

Behind the purple door. Much happiness in 2013!

Thursday, December 27, 2012  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Greg, thanks for the good wishes and optimism!

Friday, December 28, 2012  
Blogger Diane said...

Oh, I love little white lights with the greens...what a welcoming effect with your purple door. I do hope 2013 is a kinder year for you. And it's been lovely getting to know you this year.

Sunday, December 30, 2012  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Diane, I have enjoyed our long-distance friendship, too. Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 30, 2012  

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