Friday, December 24, 2010

christmas eve :: december views 24


christmas eve.  already.
it blows my mind to see just how fast this december has gone by.
and now the time we've been anticipating is here.
the kids are excited
the kitchen is busy
the coffee pot is brewing constantly.

i just realized that the tree that has stood in the corner
quietly glowing since thanksgiving and gathering under its branches
the gifts that we've picked for family and friends
will not look the same after this morning.

tomorrow morning it will be full of
piled wrapping paper and empty boxes
and its needles will be scattered everywhere.
its purpose will have been served and the kids
won't gather around it anymore to spy the gifts
underneath, they won't take their little self-wrapped
packages and pile them around it, picking the perfect
spot to 'hide' it from their brothers and sisters,
and this mama will most likely be contemplating when
she can drag it out of the house because she just can't
take vacuuming the needles any longer.

but for now,
at this moment,
it is quite beautiful standing there
glowing in the corner, holding onto the gifts
that we want to give this christmas.
this quiet christmas eve morning, as i'm sipping my coffee
and the oven is preheating
and the the kids are still sleeping
and the house is still orderly,
i'm sitting here enjoying the moment,
being thankful,
and feeling very, very blessed.

Merry Christmas to you and your families.
I hope this blessed season finds you full of joy and peace and love.


justine said...

a wonderful shot and a very merry Christmas to you.

Julie said...

Merry Christmas!