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December 26, 2011

“It sounds simple: go outside, step into the quiet, if just for a few minutes, and see what rises to the surface. But we can’t do that! It’s almost Christmas! We must do that. It’s almost Christmas. ” -Emily at Chatting at the Sky

It was all there. The ubiquitous family dynamics annoying everyone. Kids fighting over toys and overwhelmed. Bickering as we got ready for people to come over and not-so-kind looks shot like daggers. Stress and energy zap from the endless stream of events and prep. But the best parts -the bits I want to hold closer to me amongst the things that will never change and that I cannot control:
The quiet in the church as I sat alone in the pew saving seats early
The little boy closest to the microphone belting out Silent Night in off-key perfection that had me grinning
The beautiful manger and the altar covered in a tower of poinsettias
My little one’s excitement to wear a fancy dress
The creamiest Blue Cheese and yummy Smoked Gouda and Linzer Torte cookies
Slow present opening that thankfully didn’t feel at all like a shark feeding frenzy
A nap in the afternoon
Knit mittens lined in fleece that my dad picked perfectly for me
A little guy in his new tool belt and pajamas, hammer in hand all day long
Snuggling under the covers with her long after she fell asleep on my way to bed

It was good, but I’m also glad that it’s over – I always am, it’s all just too much.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 26, 2011 11:36 am

    It is a mixed bag, yeah?
    But… I wouldn’t mind a little more.
    My husband is leaving for work, and
    I wish we could have a little more.
    Friends have been over, and left, and
    I wish we could have a little bit more.
    Of course I could also use a cleaning crew…
    not a little bit: a lot!

  2. December 31, 2011 8:48 am

    I’m sooooo right there with you. ❤ these photos and words (and the photographer/author behind them). 🙂

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