all is calm, all is bright.

December 25, 2010

Christmas this year is quiet, small. It is appropriate that day-old snow covers the ground, and with it comes an eerie silence. I have enjoyed listening to the beautiful, haunting composition of Handel’s Messiah, reading Joshua Banner’s meditation on Isaiah 9, sharing our tradional Christmas Eve buffet, with a not so traditional tawny port, opening gifts so carefully crafted and thought through, reading the John 1 account, and crowding into historic Trinity Lutheran Church, Soulard, to sing the songs, and pray the prayers.

This morning, we sat around the table, with homemade cinnamon rolls, a french press, mimosas, and incredibly tender hearts. We lit the four candles of the advent wreath; the white Christ candle lit for the first day of Christmas. We shared words and songs, and decided to forgo our big Christmas lunch in order to just sit, rest, read our new books, and admire the snow. The cornish hens and pies and potatoes will wait until tomorrow. The movement towards a quiet togetherness is what this Christmas requires. There is much to think on, much to rest in, and much to be thankful for. It may not be the Amy Grant Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree Christmas that we are accustomed to, with wrapping paper strewn about, rushing around to see family and cook and be merry. But that is okay, it is good.

It is a Silent Night sort of Christmas.

And it is my heart that everyone has much hope and light this day, many kisses and much love, delicious food and delightful conversation; that there is merriment and rejoicing.

Happy Christmas and much love.

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