Monday, December 13, 2010
You know that sort of obligatory Christmas stuff that you need to get done or go to every year? Well, that was last week.
Old news. Over and done. Water under the bridge.
This week is stretching out in front of me like an open meadow, and I intend to cut a happy trail right through the center of it! Today begins my primping and puttering week...the one I completed my Christmas shopping early to enjoy...that one where I sort of wander through my Christmas preparations and tweak whatever needs tweaking before the family arrives in full force and holiday fettle. It's also the prayer and pondering week, where I actually have time to sit back and let the spirit of Christmas work its lovely magic on my heart, lest that old thing end up two sizes two small just in time to put a damper on the festivities.
The soundtrack for my merriment and musing is split rather unevenly across the years among Karen Carpenter, James Taylor, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Amy Grant, Jewel, Andrea Bocelli, Sufjan Stevens, Kalai, Chanticleer, Kenny G, Barbara Streisand, Diana Krall, Joshua James, Paul McCartney, Afterglow, Rosie Thomas, The Irish Rovers, Casting Crowns, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, John Denver, Paul Cardall, Straight No Chaser, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. As you can see, I like a little variety in my musical Christmasing!
The smells of the day are Gingerbread (from Yankee Candle) and Kitchen Spice (from Bath and Body Works). I am happy to say, however, that the eau de tree permeating the house is all natural.
At this point, all I can say is "God's in His heaven; all's right with the world." (Well, actually, Robert Browning said it.)
Well articulated, Bob. And Merry Christmas!