It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Chapter 1, Page 3, Book 13
In the bleak midwinter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter, Long ago.
Christina Rossetti, A Christmas Carol
10th Day of Christmas, January 3rd
Looking out at the frosty landscape here that seems to be getting whiter as I write, I'm not a very happy camper because that means that later on I'm going to have to go out and clear the walkways and the drive of all the snow. BrrrChill! Yet, winter does have it's compensations and celebrating Christmas is one of them.
Family time spent indoors during the winter is something we don't do much of at any other time of the year. I think we draw closer in these times. It's so good to come in from the cold and sit down together with a warming bowl of soup or gather round for a cheering game of monopoly. I think we get to know each other more during these quieter days.
I don't get many opportunities to do that much any more, but when I do, I take full advantage of it.
Heap on more wood! The wind is chill; But let it whistle as it will, We'll keep our Christmas merry still.