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24 December 2011

A VIEW OF CHRISTMAS


The scene beyond the rustic garden gate was like a Christmas card. Outside the ivy laden cottage a robin was perched in a holly bush. A recent snowfall covered the thatched roof like oddly shaped clumps of cotton wool. Leaded light windows reflected the orange flames from the fire. Beneath those windows, a wooden wheelbarrow filled with logs.  The bare beech tree looked strangely out of place, dull brown when everything else was highly coloured. The cottage door, as red as the holly berries, was adorned by a festive wreath. The door was ajar and inside could be seen a Swedish Pine of mammoth proportions ablaze with twinkling lights. And the aroma that emanated from within was of turkey, slowly roasting.
   
In the snow-packed lane, an elderly itinerant peered over the boundary hedge, white unkempt hair wafting skywards in the biting wind. With ice-cold fingers he smoothed it over his crown then pulled his shabby grey coat closer to his chest. The motions were entirely mechanical for he was truly not  conscious of the cold. He had no need of fires or Christmas fare, for his soul was warmed through with love for the Lord God, who kept him safe and whose birthday today they shared. 

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

A return towards the more simple pleasures of Christmas...
Amen.
Peace and love to Valerie,her family and to all who are friends.
Barb

Gill - That British Woman said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family Valerie.......

Gill in Canada

A man called Valance said...

Beautiful. Merry Christmas, Valerie.

Brian Miller said...

smiles...lovely...hope you have the the same warmth keeping you tonight as well...merry christmas val

faye said...

A beautiful post Val ... and the Christmas header is just perfect !!

Merry Christmas to you and family ..
save some Christmas pudding for me.

Ron said...

BEAUTIFUL share, Valerie!

How touching and sweet!

And how perfect!

Wishing you a very Merry and Blessed Christmas, dear lady!

(((( You )))))

X

Valerie said...

Merry Christmas to you, too, Mr V. Hope you have/had a good day.

Christmas greetings, Brian.

No Christmas pudding to save, Faye, but I'll think of you when I eat whatever else is on offer. Merry Christmas.

Good Christmas morning, Ron. Hope your day is restful and filled with yuletide joy x

Valerie said...

Thank you, anonymous Barb. I hope you too have a glorious Christmas.

An English Shepherd said...

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours Valerie :-)

septembermom said...

Beautifully capturing the essence of this celebration of love and gratitude...