Thursday, December 11, 2014

These are a Few of my Favorite Things...

The kids have all fledged. 
College: check! 
Beyond: check!
Happily, this season allows us to revisit some of the Christmas fun from the past years.  Who doesn't love a snowman made from a paint-stirrer, or a reindeer (sans antlers, some 20 years later) made from an aluminum can?   A terrific project one pastor requested: could the youth please design the covers of the Advent bulletins?  Jigsaw pieces and popsicle sticks, geometry lessons, and more.   A cardinal perches on a branch containing this poem:
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December.
A magical thing
And sweet to remember.
'We are nearer to Spring
Than we were in September,"
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December.
We place three foil-covered stars at the top of our Christmas tree, every year.  Three little kids, three stars, after all. What one might not be able to discern in the last photograph, that of our whole Christmas tree this year:  A small bouquet of Lily-of-the-Valley, encircled by lace.  Plastic.  It's thirty, and nearly thirty-one years old.  It is the ornamentation from my bridal bouquet, many long (and happy) years ago.  


Claire Hilary said...

What happened to my santa cow? I didnt see him in there!

twebsterarmstrong said...

Christmas Cow!!! My very favorite (almost!)!! He made it into the photo queue...I must have deleted him somehow. Will rectify. He's too precious!

Austen Haley said...
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Austen Haley said...

What a great looking tree! I'm so excited to see everyone in just a couple days! Fa la la la la

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