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24 December 2012

A VIEW OF CHRISTMAS



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 of Jesus, who kept him safe and whose birthday they shared.

THE END


17 comments:

Gill - That British Woman said...

Merry Christmas Valerie to you and your family,

Gill in Canada

Akelamalu said...

Wonderful post Valerie.

Happy Christmas m'deario. xx

Mel said...

Happy Christmas to you and yours Valerie.

(((((( Valerie )))))))

Banker Chick said...

Merry Christmas, Valerie. Here is to a better year in 2013/

DeniseinVA said...

Wonderful! Merry Christmas Val and a Very Happy New Year!

Valerie said...

Thank you, Pearl, and the same to you. All told, it's been a good year, except for the weather.

Brian Miller said...

smiles...i am glad he is kept warm thus...and i hope th same for everyone on this night before christmas....merry christmas val...thank you for being a gift yourself...smiles.

Valerie said...

Thank you, Brian. Merry Christmas to you, always an enjoyable time when children are around.

Joseph Daggatt said...

Enjoyed this post very much.You get better and better.

faye said...

Merry Christmas Val.

Stay warm and enjoy the moment !!

Bernie said...

Merry Christmas Val, xo

Ron said...

What a BEAUTIFUL post, Valerie!

TOTALLY warmed my heart!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, dear lady!

((((((( You )))))))

X

Jenny Woolf said...

Happy Christmas, Valerie, and I love the snowflakes and profile picture, too.

Paul Forster said...

Hope you had a wonderful Xmas with family. Thanks for your regular comments on our blog. Look forward to following your blog in 2013!

HermanTurnip said...

VERY well done! This post truly wrapped up what the season is all about.

Montanagirl said...

How very nice! Merry Christmas (A little late) I'm behind in posting and commenting...too busy with festivities and family.

Valerie said...

Thank you, Herman.