Recently I “liked” a few pages on FB ~ “Old Fashioned Christmas”, “Santa is Coming to Town”, “Holiday Happy”, you get the idea. I was looking forward to my inbox being inundated with sparkly lights and cozy cabin scenes as opposed to all the negativity I have coming through in the aftermath of the election. I have by choice chosen to keep silent on the subject, as far as commenting on FB or responding to comments and I’m glad I have. It amazes me how much one’s personality can change when disappointment floods in. I have heard words I have never expected come from those who I have admired for their peaceful vibes and love for supposedly “everyone”. There is a difference between living authentically and one’s “true colors”. I understand passion. I understand disappointment, I understand the feeling of “having to stand up” for what you believe in”, but I don’t understand some things apparently. I read a post from a friend who lost her teen daughter in a terrible accident at home, a not fault, fluke, sad, destroying accident. She was disheartened that people were comparing her loss with that of their loss of Hillary. I felt very sad for her. I read about young girls who have not stopped crying… I am sure they have never experienced grief in the manner as some.
THAT all being said (and there is much more in this brain of mine I am choosing to leave there), I am throwing myself into Christmas cheer! Holiday fun and positive thinking!
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ’kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle,
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!
~Clement Clark Moore
For those of us who enjoy the peaceful zen of coloring, here is a great site to print out some CHRISTMAS MANDALAS (click here)