“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


advent day 24: christmas eve

silent night.

here is where tonight will become christmas.
when i leave my mother's house,
it will begin.

the noise, the hurry, the scurry,
the wrapping, the worry,
the parades and presents
and finding a parking place
will be behind me,
and the truth is, for me,
they are not christmas.
they are the leading up to.

tonight there will be silence and christmas lights
and lily and i will nestle 'neath the emma tree
and christmas will come.

there will be church bells at midnight.



  1. ..beautiful. you captured it completely.
    in fond regard, Tilda

  2. perfect. just perfect.

    me and remmington and budha will send wishes to you and lilycat as we sit under our lights and you under yours.

    the church bells are the best part. i can see the bell tower from my living room. :)

    merry christmas, dearest debi. i've had a wonderful month with you.

    xo and love,

  3. Sounds beautiful, have a wonder merry christmas. x

  4. That sounds like the perfect moment of Christmas, indeed!!

  5. Lovely and yes, perfect!!

    Ready or not, it comes. In the quiet of the night.

    Have a Blessed Day!

  6. May peace sing in your heart as you nestle 'neath the emma tree. Merry Christmas to you and lily.

  7. Merry Christmas, Debi and Lilycat! xoxo

  8. merry christmas, my dear, dear friend.

  9. Just beautiful...a peaceful and silent night. Wishing you a blessed Christmas Debi. xoxo

  10. what a blessing the arrival is ..the silence ..peace to you my friend and yes the bells so beautiful

  11. Merry Christmas to an old soul - your words are beautiful.

  12. christmas eve is my favorite. i love this photo (i recognize those birds) :)
    merry, merry christmas to you my friend

  13. Yes! I can't agree with you more...all that planning, shopping, mailing, baking, and general rushing around are the "leading up to". The best of Christmas for my husband me was cozying up together in our little apartment, talking with loved ones on the phone and watching the snow fall outside.

  14. I love that sweet image...just two little doves..and the quiet. Oh how I love the quiet.


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