Monday, December 21, 2009

How Lovely Are Thy Branches


A loving Xmas card from my 87 year old aunt.

The tree in the foreground is silver but my scanner would not comply.


This is the darkest day -- when the world hestitates in its headlong plunge into darkness, when the earth trembles on its folcrum before yearning back toward the light. A day when I understand the pagan urge for blazing bonfires and a ring of flaming torches in high places. A day of defiance against the dark. A day of hope and faith in excelsis gloria to come.

Since I am unsure if I will blog the rest of this week, I want to wish each and everyone of you dear, dear people a blessed Christmastide.

May you each experience that instant of stillness and wonder that comes with an indrawn breath just before a burst of delight and joy.

May you join revels and drink spiced wine and gorge on sugar plums. And may nothing disturb and dismay you.

God rest ye. Be merry.

38 comments:

Chris Eldin said...

Merry Christmas to you also! I absolutely love the snow. Today, since schools are closed, I'm taking the Things to *THE HILL.* hehehe They can sled whilst I wait in the warm car...
:-)

Lovely card!

Bernita said...

Chris, thank you. Snow is nice. Cold isn't.

writtenwyrdd said...

Thank you, Bernita. May you and yours have a lovely Yule this year. I hope you have warmed up a bit in your area, as we have in ours. It was rather cold the past week.

Lauren said...

Merry Christmas to you as well! I hope you enjoy your time with family and friends :)

Bernita said...

My hope for you too, Written. Yo-yo weather. Minus 10C last night, but warming.

Thank you, Lauren. (Lovely name..)

starvingwritenow said...

Merry Christmas, Bernita!

As far as disturbing and dismaying, I'll keep my fingers crossed--I'm visiting the folks and things tend to get interesting.

Bernita said...

k you, SWN. Just beam on them all and drown them in good cheer.

Dave F. said...

And a very merry Christmas to you.

SzélsőFa said...

thank yout for your distinguished and peaceful Christmas wishes, Bernita.
I'm sending you and and your family my best wishes for the holidays!
it's minus 16 here and keeps going down..brr...
we hardly can heat the house above plus 15-16, but that has nothing to do with our spirits :)

Natasha Fondren said...

Awww! I couldn't come up with a lovelier sentiment if I tried for days. So I wish the same right back at you, with all my heart, Bernita!

Happy Holidays!

Angie said...

You too, hon. :) Have a great holiday, and stay warm! {{}}

Angie

raine said...

Thank you for the lovely holiday toast, Bernita.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas full of love, sharing, and warmth.

sylvia said...

We have mulled wine and Christmas cookies and this morning when I got up, I found a fire blazing merrily in the fire-place - my son (15, he's allowed) set it all up so that it would be a "warm morning."

Thank you for your wishes and I hope your days (and mine!) are peaceful and warm and filled with the scent of cloves.

Charles Gramlich said...

Merry Christmas as well. I may not be doing much posting after today either. At least for a bit.

Demon Hunter said...

Thank you, Bernita. Merry Christmas to you and your family as well. :-D

bunnygirl said...

Merry Christmas, Bernita!

Bernita said...

Thank you, Dave and SzelsoFa, Natasha and Angie,Raine and Sylvia,Charles (and his dear Lana in hospital) and Tyhitia and Bunny!

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Happy Christmas to you! I wish you peace and joy in the New Year.

BernardL said...

Merry Christmas, Bernita! I pray you find peace in the simple things and summon an edge for the hard ones. :)

Bernita said...

Thank you, Betsy.

Oh Bernard!... Thank you.

fairyhedgehog said...

This is beautiful. Thank you!

Wishing you the best Christmas you can have.

Bernita said...

Fairy, thank YOU.

McKoala said...

Merry Christmas! Still glad you're back.

Bernita said...

Bless you, McKoala.

Gabriele C. said...

Merry Christmas to you, Bernita.

Our snow has thawed, alas. White Christmas remains a dream in most parts of Germany.

Vesper said...

Merry Christmas, Bernita! Enjoy your time with your loved ones.

laughingwolf said...

thx bernita... merry christmas and the best of the new year to you and yours :)

or as my family in sweden would say: god jul och gott nytt ar! [there's an accent over the 'a', so it's pronounced 'or']

Bernita said...

Thank you, Gabriele. Looks like we're about to be dumped on here.

Vesper, thank you. Thank you, LW. God Jul!

James Goodman said...

Merry Christmas to you as well, Bernita.

Suzanne Perazzini said...

Merry Christmas, Bernita. I hope the new year is full of only great things for you.

Bernita said...

Suzanne, James, thank you.

jason evans said...

A beautiful solstice wish. We'll stand by the bonfire with you. (I'll bring the brandy.)

Bernita said...

And we'll sing, Jason!

Steve Malley said...

Thank you for the Christmas wishes.

Hope this holiday is a good for one as well!

Lana Gramlich said...

Happy holidays, Bernita. My best to you for 2010, as well. *hugs*

Bernita said...

Thank you, Steve. Onward into a New Year...

Lana, many, many ( gentle and careful) hugs in return!

Whirlochre said...

I swear Blogger ate my post here. I remember remarking about the card. And now it's too late to wish you Merry Christmas. So think of it like popping out to buy discounted Christmas cards in the New Year sales. And save it up for next year.

Bernita said...

Whirl,thank you. Good wishes are never stale.