the midwinter lights,
ward off the fears,
the demons
hidden in shadow,
threatening beyond
the door.

Festoon the house
with evergreen,
an undying promise of
the sun’s rebirth,
of life’s return,
with the turning of
the wheel.

Sing out with
festive melodies,
rejoice in
jubilant refrains
that spread joy
amidst hearts chilled
by long winter days.

Give gifts
to show affection,
a sign of the love
present but unspoken
for the remainder
of the year.

Tree at night

Most people I know have decorated their trees long before now – they seem to appear earlier and earlier every year! As we always have a real tree, in order to still have needles on it for Christmas Day we have to wait until later in December. Ever since I was a child we’ve decorated our tree on the 17th of December, though the origins of this tradition are not particularly pleasant.

My Dad had a car accident when I was eleven years old. That day he had bought the tree and so, whilst my Mum and eldest brother were at the hospital waiting for news, my eldest sister had the rest of us (I’m one of 6 children!) decorate the tree to take our minds off our worries. Thankfully Dad made it through, though it was touch and go for a long while, and since then every year the tree is decorated on the 17th.

I’m not particularly happy with the photographs – they’ll probably be replaced tomorrow once I’ve taken some more – but I wanted to get this post up today. I seem to have settled into a posting pattern of Monday and Thursday evenings but I know that if I break this pattern even once I’ll find it impossible to pick up again!

Merry Christmas, Joyous Yule, Happy Hanukkah, or Season’s Greetings for whatever holiday you may be celebrating!

8 thoughts on “Celebrate

  1. When I was a kid we used to decorate on December 17th. It’s my little brother’s birthday.

    I love the diffraction in the second photo. I’m a little obsessed with it right now.

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    1. I’m loving diffraction at the moment as well! I actually saw it on one of your pictures the other week and decided I’d have to capture the same effect!

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  2. I think your photos are beautiful! the snowman in the first photo looks handmade and my mom has lots of my handmade ornaments on her tree every year. the second photo is gorgeous! how did you get your lights to sparkle like that? LOVE IT!

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 The snowman is handmade – but not by me, unfortunately. I bought it a few years ago from a school fete. We used to have lots of decorations made when we were children but the only one we have left is an angel made by my brother. The rest went missing during a house move a few years ago. The sparkle on the lights is an effect of the camera settings – F36, 8sec exposure and ISO-3200. I’d seen it used on other photos and was determined to get the same affect.


  3. I am so happy your Father recovered. Isn’t it amazing what sblings can do for one another? I think your tree is lovely! Happy Holidays and a very prosperous New Year to you as well!

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    1. Thank you. 🙂 As a family we’re not generally all that close – we’re not touchy-feely types – but we’re always there for each other when needed! Happy Holidays!


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