Christmas Eve in the kitchen…peeling potoatoes
plucking off sprouts and stirring up the gravy
for our traditional Christmas Day vegetarian
shepherds pie (shepherds-get it?)…
Cheese scones waiting in the freezer to
be baked. Tins of fudge and Special K Cookies
(don’t ask-more badness-but so scrumptious!).
Little quiches in the fridge to accompany the
doughnuts and coffee and eggnog for the sweet
morning hours around the tree.
All day between sink and cooker
and baking table…with a quick dash
to the garden to look for fresh sage,
and a relaxing half-hour on the sofa
with my magazine and a bowl of snowy
vanilla ice cream.
And then some evening moments by
the fireplace, in the candlelight eating supper,
adorning the tree, watching It’s a Wonderful
Life, writing this post.
Such riches…but the best gift of all is
that we are all safe and together under one
roof for a precious little while. Tho’ I’ve
just tucked my mom into bed for the third
time tonight, she is home and whole and
we are not where we were last year at this
time. Tho’ the filling of my eldest’s
stocking this year is as much made up of
my hopes and blessings for his happiness
and success as it is the tangerines and
tokens, he is here within arms’ reach
and eye’s glanceand that
will do for now.
The candles are burning low and
morning will soon arrive, so I will
leave you with deep and warm wishes
that you have a day of contentment
You are a gift to me!
Laurie December 25, 2010 at 12:40 pm
Wishing you the merriest of Christmases, Lesley! I’ve finished Mandy, am making my way through Wise Child, and have Winter Solstice and a Miss Read in the pile :o) Thank you!
Tristan Robin Blakeman December 25, 2010 at 3:22 pm
I’m so glad I read this first thing Christmas morning – now I’m really “in the spirit!”
Merry, merry, Christmas to you!
(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥
Dori December 25, 2010 at 5:28 pm
Merry Christmas, dear Lesley, Merry Christmas!
the wild magnolia December 25, 2010 at 6:07 pm
Beauty abounds in your home, I know you a little, by this hearth and home you share!
Blessings of joy, comfort, peace, love and health are sent your way for Christmas!
Thank you for the gift of wonder sharing all year!
melissa December 25, 2010 at 7:32 pm
Your house is a visual wonderland. Thanks for sharing it with us. 🙂
kkkkaty December 26, 2010 at 5:57 pm
Happy Christmas, Lesley, and thank you for the gift each day of December of glimpses into your lovely home with a simplicity that is absolutely stunning. How I would love to behold in person the many people I love who are not with us anymore or are far, far away, just for an instant.