Monday, December 13, 2010

A Christmas tree with candles glows quietly in the house as children and husband sit here and there munching on foil-wrapped Christmas chocolates, heads and feet in laps, hearts warm as the light that gleams; every now and then a word, a decoration that was forgotten gets placed upon the branches, a joke, a short quarrel, a sigh.



The men of the house watch over the tree lest it catch fire until every last candle has burned out ... the younger sleeping vigilantly on the sofa under a hand-knit blanket.


"And this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)"

--ee cummings

13 comments:

Meg said...

What a wonderful mental image. I love your tree - so simple and beautiful. I also love the part about the hand knit blanket! ;)

Ola said...

you have a lovely Christmas tree!

Linda said...

'Cindy Lou Who' standing gazing at the tree is dear. I love it. Beautiful.

Evi said...

Quoi? tu allumes toujours encore de vraies bougies? C'est dangereux! Je te comprends, c'est tellement plus beau que les électriques.
Il a l'air joli ton sapin. Je passerai le voir à l'occasion. Faudrait que tu passe voir le mien pour me dire ce qui manque. Il nous paraît un peu vide... peut-être c'est normal si on compare aux dernières années ou je suspendait plus ou moins tout ce qui me tombait sous la main :D:D

Nancy said...

That's such a sweet post, Allison. The photos are beautiful. Oh, to be where you are just for a few moments... would be delightful. :)

Judy said...

What a beautiful post. I love the bottom picture. My mother talked about lighting the candles on the tree and everyone watching closely in case the tree were to start on fire. They only lit it for a few minutes in the evening.

texwisgirl said...

Wow! Real candles on a real tree! Glad you have your watchers making sure nothing catches that shouldn't. I agree with the comment from Linda above - your little one looks like Cindy Lou Who from Whoville. Those cheeks and that sweet, innocent earnestness... God bless you and yours!

Dawn said...

BEAUTIFUL! I was sitting there and enjoying that scene with you.
Love your Thoughtful, Dreaming Girl Picture:))

Pam said...

I love your beautiful old fashioned Christmas tree with its lovely simplicity. The candles and ornaments are perfect. That is a tree I would love to have in my home.
A touching photo of childhood innocence, Allison. I love your words!

be well, be happy,
Pam

Out on the prairie said...

You make my heart heavy followed with a sigh. So pretty.I made lots of cookies and two kinds of fudge, thinking of Europes star cookie lady.When I sampled my first batch, I felt it was missing something.Looking at the recipe, it was. You need baking powder and soda, plus a little salt. I sent those to school with a friend, her kids will eat anything, and they weren't real bad.I added the missing ingredients and all was well.I will get back to baking more today, starting with sugar cookie dough, toffee and carmels.

Southern Lady said...

One of my favorite posts yet. The image that was created in my mind was one of warmth and love! As moms, don't we all cherish little moments like these? Wishing you many more! Carla

teca said...

A wonderful Christmas tree, dear! I loved it!

And... the second photo is so lovely... ah... a magical atmosphere of peace and faith.

Warm hugs from Brasil.

Randy said...

What a lovely Christmas tree.