24 December 2011


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. 


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

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

    Gill in Canada

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

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

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

  5. BEAUTIFUL share, Valerie!

    How touching and sweet!

    And how perfect!

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

    (((( You )))))


  6. 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

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

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

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


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