Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas Joy is in the Air...

...and I love it all; the Solstice, the dark, the candles, Yule, Santa and the manger waiting for Baby Jesus. The tree is up, there is chocolate bread baking in the oven, cookies made and it is 22 degrees, so it is feeling more like the holidays are almost here. 

I am not writing with news of great lesson accomplishments or new break-throughs in teaching. A big, bad cold has wound its way through each and every child the past week and slowed things down, except for the oldest who was in the middle of finals at college. 

No, today I am writing to pause and give thanks.
There are so many things that should be getting done as I type. But if I fail to linger for a moment and appreciate the beauty of what already is, the rest will not be worth much. 

So, may the peace of Christmas be upon you and yours. We wish you a Happy Yule, a belated Happy Hanukkah, a Merry Christmas and a Fabulous New Year!

 Valentine as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol
 Tree-Cutting; lot this year, too muddy and rainy to go out in the field
Gael and Charles; I told them NOT to smile
 My parents came to see the pageant and to celebrate Thierry's birthday

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