Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I'm Not Ready to Give It Up

Give up Christmas that is.
In a few days it will all be over. 
Over for another 365 days.
I will say that again.....365 days.  That is a long time.  A very long time.

I love the way the season makes me feel.
I look at my sweet old fashion tree and I think of sweet, sweet memories.
I think of the crazy years that all five of my brothers and sisters were growing up.
A household of laughter, arguing, singing, dreaming, talking and every day-to-day life.

Those wonderful carols playing on the radio, 
singing them at home,
being sung by a choir, echoing through out the Church.
Some songs so beautiful, the sweet Lord could be sitting right beside me.

A palette of colours put together to make a stunning kaleidoscope of tradition.
 Red and green symbolizing Santa Claus and the Tree.
White for winter snow.
Purple for advent.
Gold, one of the gifts from the Wise Men.
Silver for the star and bells.
Blue for the long winter nights and also because Elvis made it official.

The excitement of seeing family again....all together for one day.
Christmas Eve.
I have so much to tell my sisters.  We all talk at the same time. 
I just want to spend a few sweet hours with my Mom,
because I know that every other one of my brother and sisters wants an hour with her as well. 

I giggle over the gift my brother gave me - the same thing he got me the year before.
The look of joy and honour over the home-made gift I give them every single Christmas.

All the young children in the family so excited they just can't stand it.
The cousins getting together and creating a family history they don't even know they're making.

Christmas day morning.  
My kids, even as young adults, still find it hard to sleep the night before.
Heck, I have trouble sleeping this one night a year as well.

My house is in perfect condition, waiting for a most important person to visit while I sleep.
I still leave cookies and carrots out....well.....you just never know....

 My collection of Christmas ornaments mean so much to me.
All year long when I shop, I always have one eye open for special ornaments to go on my tree.

They proudly come out to shine mid-November until New Years.
Then they lovingly get stored back in Tupperware containers until the following year.

Each year when I put these ornaments away, I always wonder what will happen from now until then.
What will happen to my family, myself, the world.....in 365 days.
I'm just not ready to give up this graceful season of beauty and peace.


I will be linking up to these parties

Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer
Rednesday at It's A Very Cherry World
White Wednesday at Faded Charm
Shades of the Season at A Woman's Haven
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
Pink Saturday at How Sweet The Sound


  1. Oh! Me too! By the time I get in the swing of things, Christmas is almost over. I just don't get my breath and Christmas spirit early enough. Beautiful, thoughtful photos.

  2. I feel the same way. That is the reason my decorations are up the first week of November. I savor every single moment of Christmas because for me that feeling is gone by the day after the presents are opened. The decorations stay up until New Years ( unlike my niece who takes down her tree Christmas Day night), but that warm, fuzzy feeling just is not the same. Maybe it is the anticipation of the gifts under the tree and the wonder in the eyes of my family that day. I hold on as long as I can. So as the carols are playing in the background now, I am preparing to do Christmas baking and wrap more presents while I watch Christmas in Conneticutt, I am warm inside and out with Christmas Joy.

    Have a lovey Christmas,

  3. Beautiful thoughts on Christmas Diane. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and I hope the 365 days that follow it are blessed. Hugs, Pamela

  4. You make it sound so wonderful, Diane. Love it all!

  5. I'm like you when I am putting things away afterwards, wondering what the next year will bring.

    I hope you have a very good year.

  6. What a beautiful Christmas presentation. Nicely done.

  7. What a great post! I feel like you do. Not ready to give it up yet.
    I'm visiting from Outdoor Wednesday.
    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas with your family.

  8. This was a really beautiful post, Diane! I agree with you, I love how this season makes me feel, and it goes by way too fast. I try to prolong it by refusing to take down most of my decorations until the middle of January!
    Happy Christmas and Merry REDnesday!

  9. How beautiful your house looks with such lovely decorations for the Holiday Season and your tree is gorgeous! Your Christmas post is fabulous and I love it all. Wishing you the merriest of Christmas for you and yours.

  10. I adore the horse photo. Merry Christmas from our house to your house.
    Joyce M

  11. I'm with you - dont' think i am ready to pack it all up either! your home is so welcoming and love that photo with the word 'believe' xoxo, tracie

  12. What a beautiful post and photo's. I love what you are telling us. Try to remember each and every minute of it and hopefully Christmas will be here again next year.



  13. Yes, it will be here and gone very soon. Love these pictures. Is that your house in the background of the fence with the wreath shot? That is no cottage.

  14. Hi Diane, your post today touched my heart in a special way. Your description of your family life and traditions mimic mine so much it is unreal. I too grew up with a large family. Four sisters and one brother. We are so close like you are but sadly my parents are gone. Take the time with your mom and treasure each minute you share with your family. Your photos are wonderful and I just know so well what a special family we both have. We are blessed.

    Blessings and love to you all this Christmas and the coming year.

  15. Diane,
    Beautiful description of the wonders of Christmas time.
    Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas!

  16. Beautiful! Love your photos! Merry Christmas!

  17. Great post. And how true of everything you say.
    I always try to stay awake on Christmas Eve to
    "hold on to it" (It never works. :)

  18. Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year - I've got 3 trees in the living room this year (even the computer got one) and this week I've done a little YouTube video of my Christmas Configuration boxes. Wishing you and yours a wonderfully PINK and Happy Christmas from the UK!

  19. So pretty!

    My Entry, happy pink Christmas from my family to yours!

  20. Diane, thank you for sharing these beautiful photographs and sweet memories! I love the photo of the horse and the one of the wreath on the fence! Merry Christmas!

  21. Thats a beautiful post, I know how you feel about not wanting to give up the feelings you get a this time of year. It's such a special tiome for us too, I love the old fashioned icecicles on the tree, The wreath on the fence is lovely,Merry Christmas'Ann

  22. I'm not ready to give up Christmas either! Let's keep it a while. I love your funny story of your families past Christmases and your delightful pictures! It's not over. In fact I just found some exclusively Christmas blogs, so there are others who want to keep Chritmas year round!
    Enjoy the rest of your holidays and have a beautiful New Year!

  23. Beautiful blog Diane. Happy New Year to you from Northern Ontario. I hope 2012 will be a wonderful year for you all. Hugs, Chris