Sometimes everything has to be enscribed across the heavens so you can find the one line already written inside you. Sometimes it takes a great sky to find that small, bright, and indescribable wedge of freedom in your own heart. David Whyte

Less Is More

on December 2, 2020

This is a strange Christmas. I feel stretched by the Corona virus and diminished by the task of preparing for the Holidays. I am not up to doing all my usual decorating, though it is modest in size. I need a new proportion.

First I got out my front door decoration, a small Christmas tree in needle point with sequins and beads. It was a gift to me when I was doing an internship with a hospital Chaplain which included working with Hospice. The secretary in the unit whose name was Bob (I no longer remember his last name) gave it to me as a Christmas gift. It’s been around for thirty years. I hung it on the front door of my apartment like I do every Christmas.

Next I got out a miniature sized Santa Claus and his companion, a reindeer with a red bow around his neck. The little figures were given to me by a young woman named Ann I once counseled.  I leaned them against a potted plant on my dining room table – like I do every Christmas.

And there I had a tree, Santa Claus, and one reindeer. Everything I need for a strange, and oddly wonderful, simple Holiday.

12 responses to “Less Is More

  1. Dale says:

    There is nothing wrong with simple, that is for sure! It sounds lovely and yes, this year will be very strange, indeed.

  2. Bill Bisgood says:

    I was touched by this. Thanks for sharing these quiet moments, the important things.

  3. Lechfisch says:

    I think we can all do with a new, more modest proportion Ina! After all, we are celebrating the birth of a child born in a stable because there was no room at the inn for a couple of not very well-off strangers. Have a lovely Christmas!

  4. It is a strange Christmas. I’ve heard many people putting up decorations early and also decorating more than usual, and others, like you, who haven’t put many up or are only putting them up for a short period.

    • vivachange77 says:

      The lovely thing I discovered is that these three decoration are all I truly want to celebrate Christmas. The rest only honored an old tradition that no longer suits me.

  5. A little Christmas spirit is all you need. Such a difficult year for so many but maybe just making the effort to put up a few decorations is good for the soul.

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