There was a very early morning this week that found me sitting on the sofa, gazing at the lights on the Christmas tree, the decorations, and just pondering how pretty this time of the year can be when one allows.
I had been reading a few emails but decided instead to tap on the Amazon Music App and bring up the music of On a Cold Winter's Day since it is perfect for quiet Christmas pondering. The tablet was set aside so I could enjoy the peace of the morning.
Besides the light of the tree, I was also in full view of the scene above. I suppose the amusing thing about that corner of the Living Room is that only two items were put out for Christmas. They were the quilt and the Boyd's Bear "angel". The small tree was only moved over from another part of the room where it resides year round.
My sister was over one Christmas and commented on my pretty Christmas artwork. Since I love winter scenes (and winter except the whole walking and driving on ice part), they are actually there year round, too.
The good thing about my style of decorating is that it makes Christmas very easy and is another reason for not going overboard with lots of extra stuff... that is easier said than done because I do love Christmas stuff.
Since I didn't bring out the decorations I usually put on the Hutch, I had to do a bit of changing around this year. However, I like it so much it just may have to return next Christmas. The various bottle trees usually stand beside little buildings but this year they became a forest.
The tree sits in its' usual corner next to the sideboard, which again sparkles with my thrift store silver service. This time of year is when it likes to show off a bit and has a very Olde English Manor feel about it. ;)
My ponderings that morning, if titled, would be called "An Audience of One"... which is where this blog post was birthed. I was thinking how often we do not do that little extra that brings Beauty into our life because we think no one else would see it... or not enough people would view all of it to make the work practical.
However, I learned long ago that when it comes to Beauty, there is always one person around that not only appreciates it but deeply needs it in their life. That person is... me.
I admit that it was a struggle to decorate as I once did after Stephanie left home because she was my decorating partner. Even in her busy University years, she made time to decorate the tree each year (and she was and still is the only other person I trust decorating "my" tree).
Then when Christopher was married and left home for good and it was just my husband and me, there was even more a sense that my decorating days were over. We no longer had kids at home. We no longer hosted Holiday parties for them. Everything had... changed.
It was then that I felt the Holy Spirit whisper to me that not everything had changed. I still loved the Beauty that Christmas brings, the music, the scents, the food, the way it makes me feel. He reminded me that there was still an audience to appreciate what I did and that was me. (Sometimes my husband, too.)
He also reminded me there was Another who noticed. The One that created Beauty in the first place. He who will always appreciate our efforts to bring Beauty into a fallen world and Light into the darkness.
He who was there with me that morning as the music played, in the midst of the Christmas decorations. He was there as I sipped my first mug of coffee (the absolute best cup all day). He was there when Florentine jumped on my lap and cuddled on the flannel housecoat.
It was the One whom we celebrate this time of year that brought the peace in the room. All I had to do was take it all in... our attitude is our choice. Always. How we will react each day.
We were created to sparkle, my friends.
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The small plates on the Hutch are from the Better Homes and Garden Christmas selection at Walmart. I bought them last year but I think they have them again this season.
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