Monday, December 29, 2008

Just a little....


Christmas is over and there is a little bit of sadness in my heart. It is a sweet kind of sadness though....that nostalgic feeling you get when you think of an old love or a part of your life that is only a memory now. It has been joyous, glorious, rich and emotional....filled to the brim with love and kindness, warmth and sentiment. There have been crystal mornings of frost and snow with sun so bright it almost hurt ones eyes. There have been deep midnight skies with Bethlehem stars and full moons of cheese to hang a wish on. There has been young-love-hand-holding and old love kisses under the mistletoe. Christmas decorations from a another time period....forty or better years ago....that leave a little lump in your throat when you remember making them with your children. Twinkly light displays in the Vietnamese Park and Nativity scenes at the churches. Packages and mail with photos and wishes from grandchildren and great-grandchildren and friends all over the states. Garlands, wreathes and boughs laden with red berries and pine cones....the perfumed needles taking me back to childhood. Cookies and candies from chefs young and old.....dinners with family and drinks with old friends and new. It is a beautiful season in a million different ways.....bringing out the best in people and the finest of thoughts.
The house seems a little dreary now with all the decorations put up and only the odd box of chocolate and the wreath on the door left to remind us of the Christmas season. The thing is though.....these are just a few of the standout moments of thousands of little things that happen everyday.....Summer...Fall...Winter....and Spring. I revel in these moments and savor them like those chocolates on the table or the wine in the cabinet.
Next stop New Years!!!!!
Much Love, Theresa
Below is the light display put on by the Vietnamese Monastery...Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix: the Way of Salvation...they also host the Marian Days Festival in August.



10 comments:

Barbara M. said...

Hi Theresa,

I'm so glad you've had a Merry Christmas. We leave the decorations up -- don't actually get them finished until the 24th. So for us the season lingers. You are right there is magic every day of the year.
Thanks for the video -- sweet and funny. You are great.

Best wishes for a joyous New Year filled with love, good health and prosperity.

Love Barbara

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

Damn, you have me in tears. The next Christmas will roll around in the blink of an eye.

Happy new year.

Theresa Rankin said...

Hi Barbara...I would normally leave them up until New Years Day....but had help so...I could not refuse!!! Glad you enjoyed the video! A very happy New year filled with prosperity, joy and creativity...plus a huge helping of happiness!!

Theresa Rankin said...

LOL! Tears..damn....what a compliment. You are right it will be here before we know it. I have noticed that the older I get the quicker time passes...Have a healthy, happy, prosperous and creative New Year!!

bonnieluria said...

Theresa, what you don't paint with a brush, you portray with words.
Through your written thoughts, I understood so well the dichotomy of nostalgia and present blessings, the contrast of recalling decades of events and present day opportunities.

I too, had a tear in my eye ( young love/old love ), and a sense of gratitude and appreciation for every day.

Thank you for your very kind comments ( even the tee-hee one !) and just know how I look forward to reading what you write and viewing your work.

A very fine 09 to you.

Bonnie

Theresa Rankin said...

Many, many thanks Bonnie....my heart is swollen with gratitude for your kindness.

vickiandrandyrossart said...

Jeez, Theresa. These blogs are the making of a good read! You do have a way with words!

Erika Nelson said...

Hello from blah-land. We just don't have enough going on here in way of eye candies like you guys do over there! I know we have the lush vegetation but once it's dark, it's dark. And I'm such a night person.

Ah yes Christmas. I haven't had the same childhood Christmas. I grew up with open house Christmas Eve and that's when neighbors visit our home and we visit theirs. Everybody so happy. But my family is healthy and I got to spend 3 weeks "pleasantly" with my Mom, so this season was extra nice for me :) What was your favorite dish?

Theresa Rankin said...

Thank you Vicki...I do like to write...something I discovered this past year!!! I am glad you like them!

Theresa Rankin said...

Blah land...I don't think so!! You live there!! But I agree...the light display is a generous gift that give Carthage every year!!
I am really glad you got to visit with your Mom...My favorite dish??? At Christmas???