Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Woman's Christmas

Victoria Magazine's A Woman's Christmas is a lovely book that feeds the feminine soul at Christmas.  With the annual hustle and bustle, noise and confusion, A Woman’s Christmas is an oasis in a sea of tinsel.  When the world is too much with me, I retire to my chair with this simple book of glad tidings.  Victoria knew how to soothe the Madison Avenue-ravaged womanly soul.
And isn’t it true that Christmas is a feminine holiday?  After all it is the women who plan, purchase, cook, and orchestrate the Christmas we all enjoy – even those otherworldly childhood ones that now live just beyond our waking dreams.  Is Christmas a lot of work for women?  Yes!  But it is worth it.
My little book reminds me why I create Christmas for my loved ones and friends.  It is the holiest of days and the only one the world really stops for and I want to help make it singular and special.  I don’t believe in spending a lot of money but I do believe in having a lot of spirit.  Christmas holds time together like an ever-expanding pearl necklace;  each year we add another creamy ochre to attach to the last. 
One Christmas Eve, I took a private moment and glanced out onto the snow covered backyard.  I saw my loved ones reflected from behind me crowded together like magpies on my too small couch.  As I leaned against the cool glass, the scene changed to my childhood home where both my grandmothers were exchanging presents, dresses for each other.  Back further still, I saw my little girl mother climb lovingly onto her Nonie’s aproned knee to unwrap a new dolly.  If I had stayed a bit longer, I would have seen Nonie’s mother, and her mother, and hers…It is women who make Christmas and it always will be. 
Merry Christmas!  And thank you so much for visiting this year.
 

5 comments:

  1. What a lovely reflection (pun intended). I feel so strongly about Christmas, too, Donna. Like you, I know that women are the driving force and sustaining power behind the grace, beauty and love of Christmas, so often. Thanks for this lovely missive.

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  2. What a lovely post.
    And thank you for a year of beauty...in your words and your spirit.

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  3. Thank you both for your kind comments this year. And Merry Christmas again!

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  4. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! And thanks for so many interesting observations throughout the year. I have recommended this site to several close friends as an oasis on the net and a place where one may sip some fine writing now and then.

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  5. Thank you for your lovely compliment Bron! I am always glad to hear from you.

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