Sunday, December 26, 2010

Good morning from Adelaide and me and a much cooler morning than yesterday.  And so that was Christmas................. and what have we done - dishes, put food away, vacuum, tidy up and all those post Christmas things.  Sorting out of things left behind.

I had a beautiful day with my family and friends around me - there was an immense calm and lots of laughter.

As we said grace and held hands I realized these were the hands that hold me safe and these were the hands that had done so much for me.  I was indeed very thankful to be here with these special people. 

My younger daughter proposed a toast to those we love our family and friends and we drank to absent friends - for there are many - some only recent and some now years ago.  There were tears in some eyes - especially mine.  I looked with pride on the babies I bore and raised and gave thanks for them.

Sharing this piece I wrote some years ago and "fiddled with" this morning.


Well my friend it’s over again
Time to pack up the tinsel and holly
Time to put away the tinkling bells
The lights of the season so jolly.
No more presents wrapped 
And tied with ribbons red
And is oh so much easier
To get children to bed.

We have feasted and dined
And eaten more than our share.
We have had turkey and ham
And all sorts of Christmas fare.
Our tables were dressed and adorned
With linen we had pressed for the day
Candles and ribbons and sparkling things
Will now carefully be put away.

And so that was Christmas
And what did it bring?
Such joy and such laughter
It made my heart sing.
I saw the children of my heart
On this Christmas Day
Washing the dishes 
And packing away.

We all worked together
And cooked and created
To say it was lovely
Would be understated.
The gifts were bought with care
And wrapped with thought
In boxes and bags 
To hide what had been bought.

When I looked around 
At  paper everywhere,
I was reminded that we 
Wrap each other in our care.
The ribbons and the bows
Remind me of the ties
That bind us as a family
"Neath the southern skies.

And so that was Christmas…
With phone calls to friends,
So many happy memories
It seems it never ends.
And now that it is over
And I am putting things away
I am reminded of the joys
That are mine  every day.

So as I sit between Christmas
And a year that is new
I want to remind you 
That you are important too.
You are part of my network,
My support group and my friends
I wish you happiness in the New Year
And Joy that never ends.

© Linda J. Vaughan
3oth. December 2003
and adapted 26th.December 2010

Have a wonderful Boxing Day - rest and restore for in 364 days we get to do it all again - and I am planning in my head already.  I have lots of projects I want to complete by next Christmas.

Thank you to all who have faithfully followed this blog - I intend to keep it up all year posting as often as I can and finding lots of hints, recipes and craft ideas to share with you all.

Enjoy your day - be safe and be thankful.

Love and hugs,


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