Thinking about Christmas . . .

Christmas wish 02I am posting this a bit early so I can catch those of you who live west of the Date Line and are already in the midst of Christmas Day. I wish you all Joy, Peace, Love and Contentment this Christmas and more of the same in the year to come. May you have music, books and time to create whatever makes your heart sing.

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Norwegian Christmas card from the late 1800s; with Nisse!

It’s a mixed bag, Christmas, isn’t it? The ghosts of Christmases Past are more noticeable today, for one thing. I was, like many of you, I expect, remembering some of those days and the people who shared them with me. Family, friends, sometimes acquaintances. And you, here in the Virtual Village, are part of my Christmas now, too. I like that. You come from around the globe, both hemispheres.

 

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Lovely, delicate glass balls like the ones from my childhood

The ghost of Christmas Present is here, too, in the thoughts of all those whose lives have been made more challenging due to political decisions and the like. I’m not in a position to do much where I am, but earlier this year, after the Manchester bombing, I offered to donate a small sum to one of the funds. The person to whom I directed my wish told me there was plenty of help forthcoming and that perhaps I might want to do something more local. I thought that was very good advice and so I have donated twice to local organizations; one that helps our elders and also to the Salvation Army. My parents supported the Sally Ann, so that was partly to honour them.

There is a reason why I only buy Allsorts at Christmas. Well, more than one reason, but the first is that I find them SO tempting. Second, we had these at Christmas when I was young/er. Third, my RN sister J loves them, too, and we have often given or sent them to each other as part of a Christmas gift. I finished off the first bag the other day (it was a rather small bag) and then found these two days ago in a different grocery store. They come from the Netherlands, which is generally a good recommendation. I usually don’t like buying things in bags I can’t see through, but these were the only Allsorts on offer, so oh, well . . . and I am happy to report that these were delicious and just the right chewy-soft texture. You will note that there is more variety in the mix, but still no blue beaded ‘pillows’ It’s not that they taste andy differently, it’s just that I expect them to be there. the plain black sticks are wonderful. I understand that some of you don’t like / eat licorice, so I have eaten your shares already. The rest of you, if you want any, had best get a move on. They are going rather quickly!

I have some good news, too: I finally finished the second tuque (and because ou asked: that’s called various names globally, such as watch cap, beanie, stocking cap and more)

IMG_5901tuque

tyo͞ok/

noun

CANADIAN

 In the picture you can see the tuques with the co-ordinated ends of the pocket scarf, which is still not finished.

I was thinking about the saying “Think Globally, Act Locally” and I think that often I get caught up in the emotional maelstrom that follows large events such as Manchester and I forget how much even a small donation can do at home. My “Act Locally” choices have tended to be rather small, but significant,I think. Re-cycling everything possible; re-using, mending, making do in so many ways. (my bookshelves were a mix of apple boxes stacked on their sides in a chequerboard fashion to allow more room between them, and boards laid across concrete blocks. I gave away the concrete blocks before I moved, but I still have the boards and old wooden locker doors. The apple boxes I haven’t seen for a couple of decades; they are in my storage and likely have dried out a bit and will need some gluing or nailing or both.)

I also ‘save’ things that are being thrown out, if they look at all usable or fixable. It’s not for nothing that I consider the ravens and magpies and their kin to be my close relatives!

Christmas glas baubles 03My parents had a few of these on our trees. They wee so delicate and beautiful! I do love the older ornaments so much. The ones below, too, were lovely.

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Well, it’s Christmas Eve here and nothing done yet. So I have a few small things to wrap and a bag from the Cat to the Serfs to put together. Those of you who have cats will surely understand. Spooky rarely makes a sound, but he iwll go to the door to the back room where his food dish is, sit down and look at you. He knows that there is another door he could use that is always open, but no, this is a training session, apparently. And it works . . . he is so cute, still kittenish, but not so much trouble in the making as he was last year.

I’m off to help with supper prep, so once again I wish you all:

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No time for music linkies now. Next time . . .

Have a wonderful day and I hope your feast is as good as ours.

Love and Light, Hugs and Blessings to you all.  ~ Linne

 

 

4 thoughts on “Thinking about Christmas . . .

  1. No MUSIC LINKIES!!!!!!! 😦
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Seeing the bird ornament reminded me of some of the decorations we had when I was little; my mother brought them to South Africa in 1970 when we emigrated, but they eventually all broke or got lost. I’m glad you still have your lovely ones.
    xxx Jill

    • Hahaha! Actually Jill, I realized that the moment I hit post; thought of going back and editing, but decided to get some sleep instead. I DID make New Year’s resolutions and am taking baby steps toward implementing them. There’s a lot I plan to accomplish this year. Besides that, I’m never sure if anyone actually listens to my more than eclectic offerings. Some do, i know. I love sharing music that is meaningful to me, but sometimes wonder if I’m just being irritating. So nice to think you missed the linkies!

      I loved out ornaments, too, Jill. Those are not mine, but photos I found that are similar. Some of ours survived and Mum gave a small box to most of the siblings, but I think that happened during a longish stretch when I was out of touch with family. At least, I don’t remember getting any. If I did, they will be in my storage along with a million other things. 🙂

      Christmas was quiet, but good. The cousins aren’t much for celebrations (I am, though). One day I will be settled and then the good times will roll! Well, as much as they roll for extremely introverted people. lol!

      I hope your Christmas was also good. I’ll pop over in a day or so. I’ve started working with two courses; one has daily exercises for 30 days and is a fair bit of fun as well as making me think.

      I suppose you are not in need of a warm hug; shall I send a cooling wave instead? 🙂 Love, ~ Linne

      • Waving coolly, Jill, but with a warm heart . . . and sending lots of virtual hugs. Wish I could pop in and give you a real one . . . Know that you are on my list, with all the others, every day. Love and Light to you, my friend. ~ Linne

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I look forward to reading your comments. ~ Linne

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