Chapter 26, Grown, is posted, and if you notice the narrative flows more easily, there’s a good reason. Ms Buffy is back in the house! Her darling partner in crime helped with an early Christmas present, and now, she’s back in business. I, for one, am most grateful.
In the United States, Thanksgiving, which is celebrated at the end of November, is akin to ringing the bell. From this point forward, the weeks rush by, pell-mell, head-over-heels, tumbling toward the holidays. In my house, it’s presents to purchase, cards to send. Cookies to bake, house to decorate.
Me? I celebrate Christmas. Rather than shop the weekend of Thanksgiving, I try to finish my preparations so I can sit back and enjoy the spirit of the thing rather than miss the beauty of it in my rushing. There was a time I took pride in waiting until Christmas Eve to prepare. I was younger and thrived on adrenaline, the anxiety adding that extra sense of satisfaction when I finished just ahead of stores closing. Those days are gone.
I rarely visit stores now. For those on my gift list, I frequent craft shows and artisans. I try to give gifts that I’ve made or which have an element of handcrafting. Perhaps it’s my own conceit, but these feel more personal to me, somehow closer to the heart.
So, I sit at my writing table, watching my woods from my large glass window on the world, enjoying the twinkling lights and boughs of holly, and wish you all your best of season. I hope you take time in these weeks leading up to whatever holiday you celebrate enjoying the beauty of this time: the lights on lawns and the red berries that shine on the bare bushes, the smiles of children and the simple joy of seasonal music.
Chapter 26 – Grown