It is that time of year which I so very much love. Being with my James, family, and friends makes the Christmas Season perfect. As has been our practice for the past decade we observe the holiday in an old Victorian house with dark wood and large windows–which is similar in ways to one of the videos in this greeting to my readers. We have no insulation other than what was customary at the time of construction so we are fans of sweaters! But I can tell you the charm of the kitchen with dinner in the oven is one of the nicest experiences on any winter day!
Our home was built in 1892 and there is no way to not think of how Christmases of the past were celebrated here. I always think of the kids that would have lived here and awakened on Christmas morning in high spirits. Perhaps if I listen just hard enough their laughter can still be heard. I wonder how large the Christmas trees were in this house, and if one ever actually touched the high ceilings.
While I grew up in the country and know the joy of snow on the barn roof (as sung in another video in this greeting) I also know the pleasure of Christmas in the city. While there are wonderful old traditions that remain from my childhood days in Hancock, Wisconsin, there is also pleasure in creating new ones in Madison. James and I work so our home has a more Victorian feel each passing Christmas. I am reminded that old-time memories are not only the ones I knew personally as a youngster, but the ones we are now re-creating from the past in this home. It is in that way the country and city Christmases become one.
The best of both worlds.
To all my readers from around the state, country, and the daily readers in Poland, Jordan (Lord, I would love to meet you!) and Australia, thank you. May each and every one of you have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!