O thou blessed day,
Gladsome, peaceful Christmastide.
Earth's hopes awaken..."
--from an old Sicilian Christmas song
Even on a regular old Wednesday, the fact that it's the Christmas season inspires me to work a little harder to *bring the sparkle* at home. It's only for about a month, which is a doable amount of time to special-it-on-up for the kids. And each day is joyful and blessed, just like the Sicilians say. And I'm sure my favorite Sicilian, OM, would agree!
As I made dinner, Jack worked on his homework, which was to interview me about a special holiday memory from my childhood. Here it is:
Why yes, Jack, it is a fun memory! Thank you very much for asking. I'm all about the magic of Christmas...still.
I make a lot of fires in the woodstove this time of year, obviously because it's cold, duh, but also because it's sort of special and a warm fire brings us together. We all love to hang out by it--who wouldn't? It is the cozy business. Caroline plunked down next to the woodstove and played cards--she made up a new game called Capture the Ace. She played for a while, with great joy and gusto:
Jack played his own game, too. But his deck was super weird, he said and only had 9s, 10s, and face cards. I thought it had been messed with before I had my a-ha moment--pinochle deck! From back in the day (college) when I played a ton of pinochle one summer. I haven't played since, but I bet it would come back to me quickly. Pinochle, anyone?
When kids want hot chocolate, I say, YES, and when they suggest we stop by the store on the way home to procure marshmallows AND whipped cream, AND sprinkles, it's a go.
|All I want for Christmas is my 2 front teeth!|
Gladsome, peaceful Christmastide!