the Yule approach–
long dark nights, short grey days–
the circle turns–
we say farewell, begin
come into warmth–
and light—twining seeds in
I have not seen many holiday decorations yet in my walks. But door wreaths have started to make an appearance. Although considered a Christmas decoration now, evergreen wreaths have an ancient history with the Yule season and Solstice. The door wreath has long been a sign of welcome and friendship as well.
This church has wreaths on both the railing and the door. You can’t see them very clearly in my photo, but the front doors are all wreathed as well.
I don’t know if my building will have a wreath or a tree, but we have Hanukkah lights.
And you can see more seasonal Thursday Doors here.
tree lights sparkling
music and kitchen cheer
exchanging gifts of Love Actu
Colleen’s challenge this week was to write a cinquain reflecting our Christmas traditions. A tree with lights, music, cooking (especially those cookies!) and watching “Love Actually”–my daughters and I were lucky enough to share all these again this year.
I hope everyone separated from family and friends for this holiday season will be able to celebrate being together soon.
Nina painted me this beautiful rock as a holiday gift.
It looks great on the window sill next to my advent calendar which is filling its winter landscape in nicely.
Who comes? Must be red.
Must be big red. Laughs. Must be
very soon. Ho. He. Ha.
Ever since Dylan released his goofy “Must Be Santa” video, my daughters have been threatening to gift me with the album it came from, “Christmas in the Heart”. Perhaps this is the year I’ll find it under the tree…
The “Must Be Bob” haiku is a found poem, from selected words in the “Must Be Santa” song.
And Nina pointed out that I didn’t name the songwriters (Dylan did not write this): Bill Fredericks and Hal Moore. Mitch Miller recorded the original version of the song in 1960, and it’s evidently based on an old drinking song.
Well I was sitting at my art table and I hear blaring Christmas music coming down my street. A convoy from the Montclair Police Department!
Yup, a big truck, a pickup with Santa’s chair and a couple of patrol cars. Gotta love my town.
The whole entourage was there. Here was the Grinch and Gingerbread Man who kindly posed for me.
Here is the completed card.
Here is the first batch ready to be mounted on the card. They have to be glued and put under a brick to dry. I am happy I accomplished this yesterday. As I said it has been a few years since I did cards. See what blogging and the encouragement of blog friends can do? Thanks!