“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


almost december

moving into the softness called december.
tonight the local christmas parade,
santa claus,
still almost full moon overhead.

two years ago, i joined graciel in counting down the days to christmas.  an advent calendar of thoughts and photos, poems and silliness.  it was good medicine - i haven't forgotten how it made me feel the magic.  how it made me slow down, and when i didn't or couldn't, how it made me at least stop long enough to take a picture, to write a few words, to say i'm busy  and whew!, but here, isn't this wonderful?   the christmas part made the 25 days in a row, if not easy, at least fun.  i fell into it like a child amongst gifts on christmas morning.

this year i will do it again, and i'm inviting you to join me.  no rules, no have-tos, except that it be about the christmas season, or whatever season you celebrate at this time of year.  i say all the time that the universe is dropping gifts around us, that we just need to reach out and catch them.  hold our hands open.  i'd love it if you opened a gift each day and shared it.  i'll be doing the same.



  1. I love the idea of this! I think that I'll join in. Are you going to hashtag them in any way?

    1. you are so much more savvy about this stuff than i. it hadn't occurred to me, but of course. how about #advent2012? or #emmatreeadvent? i would welcome any suggestions. help!! :)

  2. Every year, I buy into the buy, and lose the gifts of the season. I need someone to help me carry the gifts, so I would love to join you.
    This reminds me of my favorite Whitman line:
    I find letters from God dropt in the street, and every one is sign'd by God's name, And I leave them where they are, for I know that wheresoe'er I go, Others will punctually come for ever and ever.

  3. i have missed my blog friends. it's nice to be back - reading, looking and being inspired. i like this idea. i will, at the very least, come here every day and open a gift from you. thank you.

  4. Oh my, yes! This sounds wonderful, and I was looking for something like this to do at the blue muse... perfect, and what fun! xoxo

  5. I'm in. We be on the same wave length, again. What fun! How about what it is... #adventcalendar? xoxo

  6. A wonderful idea, something to help us stay grounded as the season comes upon us.

  7. Wish I'd seen this earlier. I'm going to jump in! Thanks!


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