Last week some of the women and girls in our family attended The Nutcracker ballet in the city. The Moscow Ballet Troupe performed and the local ballet studio supplied the children's parts. It was spectacular. The little ballerinas in our family were greatly inspired, and those who are not ballerinas were much impressed.
I still don't have my Christmas tree up yet. I'm really not a Grinch, but I am just taking things slow and not getting too wrapped up in the Christmas hurry & flurry at the moment. I will though. I think. I am lighting candles, making juniper wreaths, and placing sprigs of evergreen here and there. My father-in-law brought me a beautiful poinsettia which brings a dose of red and green Christmas cheer to our home. I do enjoy a cup of chai tea in the evenings by candlelight or by the wood stove fire -- small signs of Christmas-ness. Oh, and there is snow. I didn't have anything to do with that part, but it looks more festive here when there is snow on the ground. I heard one lady who wasn't keen on holiday decorating say, "If you want to enjoy the season, just look out the window." Amen!
The part I really love about winter is that we are in a nice, slow-down time here at the ranch and it's really been wonderful. We needed it after a very busy year of work. We have more time with each other, more time to play, more time to just relax and be. Again, it's a reflective time for us, for me. We have been looking back on our year, evaluating what we did and did not do, planning for the year to come, and assessing how to go about it. It's a good thing. My favorite reflection is that Babe in the Manger, Jesus, whose name means, Jehovah Saves. I'm so glad He came down to us, to save us, to be with us, to bring us His peace. I hope you are enjoying the small, quiet things and the big, loud, joyful things of the season. Christmas Peace be yours.