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Each year, if I time it just right, I have paperwhite narcissus
blooming indoors for Christmas.

It’s like a tiny little garden in a jar, just when the weather starts to turn cold
and thoughts of the real thing are a long way off.

It’s a simple tradition, but it makes me happy.

I still write my Christmas cards out by hand, even the envelopes.
That makes me happy, too.

I have an ornament on my tree that my first grade teacher gave me.
(That story is here.)

I play Christmas songs and sing really loud while I bake ten
different kinds of cookies. Mitch Miller is one of my favorites.
And I make a really big mess.

Andy Williams’ The Christmas Song is my favorite carol.
Or maybe it’s Let it Snow. Or Winter Wonderland. I can’t decide.

The Chipmunk’s “Me, I want a hula hoop….” always makes me smile.

One night soon, I will have a wrapping marathon on my living room floor,
in front of the fire. And I will make another really big mess.

Some years, I get stressed out by all of these things.

I’m a little behind on everything this year,
but I know it will all get done.

Just like I know that tomorrow, there will be more flowers
joining this one early bloom.

And the house will suddenly smell like Christmas
and just for a moment, it will be spring
in my heart.


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  • elk December 15, 2010 at 8:29 am

    so lovely to see the paperwhites..i too have that tradition but am a bit behind on getting them..they will bloom anyway…hugs friend

  • Kathryn December 15, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Love that you have flowers blooming . . . I’m starting to feel a little stressed but I’m trying to let it go.

  • Karen December 15, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Beautiful photo and some wonderful traditions shared here. Since there isn’t any weather to speak of here in So Cal, Lights are what make it feel like Christmas to me. We hope in the car and drive around looking at all the different houses and how they are lit up for the Holiday.

  • Frida December 15, 2010 at 8:50 am

    This is so delicate and beautiful.

  • Debi December 15, 2010 at 9:03 am

    this has always been my ONLY real christmas tradition, and i am behind also. i may buy some already blooming, or perhaps not – perhaps i will wait for the ones in the yard to open up. this weekend will be christmas card time – i am behind on that also. just one of those years. but whatcha gonna do? lunch today is at a small spot out of town & a visit to my favorite nursery. i am already smelling fir and narcissus and feeling better just thinking about it. you’ve made me feel like “it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas…”

  • Kimberla December 15, 2010 at 10:29 am

    I can’t wait for your cookies, and I can’t wait for “A Christmas Story” with you:)

  • Skye Daniels December 15, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Gorgeous! Yes, tradition is the sweet glue of life…

  • Evita Ochel December 15, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    What a gorgeous photograph and nice tradition! I love that flower – well technically all flowers!

    As for the holidays, I love hearing what people like to do and sharing in their joy, just as long as we are doing it because we enjoy these things, not because society pushes us to do them.

    Enjoy and have fun, and whatever does not get done, that is okay 🙂

  • Sally G. December 15, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    I enjoyed this post ~ except for the Chipmunks. The chipmunks have always creeped me out. How they managed to remain playful and harmonious in the company of the always-stressed Dave Seville is beyond me.

    Thank you for walking into my life earlier this year. I’ve been a better person ever since …

  • Jamie S December 15, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    What wonderful traditions!

  • lisa December 15, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    A lovely post, and a beautiful photograph.

  • Marcie December 16, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Wishing you many heartfelt springs! Beautiful!!!

  • Kate December 16, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I found you from Jillsy Girl. I love your site. I’m going to poke around a little bit, but don’t worry I’ll put everything back where I found it!!


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