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Monday, December 8, 2014

Small Town Festivities

Every year at this time, I write about the same thing, a festival put together by the churches surrounding our town common--a simple, soulful day that for me, kicks off the holidays.  It rained this year, but it didn't matter.  My girl was with me again after a three year absence, and together we picked out books at the book fair, gulped our steaming chowder, and sat in a 350-year-old church to listen to the town band play festive arrangements of holiday-inspired tunes. 

We arrive home as always, to discover the hard work of Mr. Christmas, who spends the day hanging lights and displaying nutcrackers around our house.  Later in the afternoon, it seemed like the right time to make some mulled wine.  I heated apple cider, a little Cabernet, cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange, poured it into mugs and we sipped, letting it warm us down to the core.  Yep, Thanksgiving was late this year, but it only took me a week to move on.  Christmas, I'm all in.

Welcome to the season.

Festival on the Common


Mulled wine
 

12 comments:

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

How could you manage this post without a single snapshot. I'm aghast!

(good thing, the world needs more ghasts)

:)

mshatch said...

I am woefully unready for Christmas. My town, however, has all the lights hung at the bridge, wreaths at all the lamp posts, and all the shops are decorated and ready for the holiday. It's very pretty :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That was nice you came home to Christmas decorations!

Bish Denham said...

I'm debating about putting up lights... sigh. I'm sure something will get me in the spirit, but I'm not there quite yet.

Robin said...

Sounds like a lovely tradition. Now I'm thirty for cider...

Leandra Wallace said...

What a lovely tradition! Small town celebrations are the best. I did a little more decorating than I usually do, as the kidlet is getting old enough to start being excited now.

Joanne said...

sounds like a wonderful day. I could feel the peace and happiness. I love old churches and atmosphere back East. Enjoy the whole season

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Sounds so lovely. I can't wait to share a day like that with my daughter when she finally gets home next week.

Kittie Howard said...

What a glorious day you and your daughter enjoyed. I'm also all in for Christmas! Please, can I have a mug of that mulled wine?

Yvonne Osborne said...

Sounds lovely. My favorite time of year. Now, to find time to enjoy it.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Hey...is Blogger forcing everyone into Word Verification? I know it is now on mine and I never asked for it and I'm noticing it everywhere.

Daisy said...

This sounds like a perfectly wonderful day!