Sparkling white lights nestled into green branches. Smiles and squeals and ornaments everywhere, three on a branch in most places. Cheesy fondue wrapped around bread, apples, mushrooms. Music drifting around the room, twinkle lights peering in the window, cats curled up on the tree skirt. Playmobil Nativity set up meticulously on the floor, all the gathered worshipers crowding the manger. Fragrance of pine and orange peels. Fake fire video flickering on TV screen (yes, we're desperate but the ambience was surprising). This is one of my favorite memory-making nights of the year.
My Grams used to have a business making handmade home decor and she has given me several sweet Santas and snowmen that I love to put out in December. They all have such wonderful accessories and individual touches - one Santa holding a bag of pinecones or a mini-Christmas tree, buttons, hand-stitched laces on cloth boots. Incredible and so special to me.
Happy December, my friends. Thinking much about the Light of the world lately. Every time I drive by a small group of lights dangling from eaves I am reminded that "the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it"! "Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and praise your Father in heaven!"