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Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Stillness of the Woods at Christmas

I see the tall, barren trees outside my window. They appear lanky and dark and somewhat bleak as they lean crookedly in the snow. It is a stark beauty...the little woods behind our house. An austere and unadorned graceful scene. Silent and pure. A palpable stillness that seems to hush the noisy and frantic chaos that overwhelms the season this time of year.

I like this woods of ours. It reminds me of another woodland that I used to walk in by myself when I was a girl. I remember the peace and quiet of being the only person among the trees. I used to ice skate alone on a small patch of frozen pond hidden in the middle of my youthful woods. I was a bit fearful yet even at such a young age, I felt comfort in the serenity of the quiet wintry glade.

So it is today, I embrace the restful tranquility of the woods in winter. A light flurry of snow is falling now. Soon the trees will be draped in glistening white. At night the stars shine through the empty branches and the moon casts glimmering beams of light onto the snowy ground. Christmas is near. It's as if this little forest, in it's own unpretentious way, is preparing to welcome the Christ child.

   A very peaceful Christmas to one and all.
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Fran Hill said...

I'm not really that into nature but trees I love. And these trees of yours are beautiful. Nice post.

KeLLy aNN said...

Envious....that is so beautiful.

Oklahoma Granny said...

Blessings to you this Christmas.

Coffeypot said...

I was raised in the woods, though we didn't have a lot of snow down here. But I do know the peaceful feeling the woods can cause. And many a day I walked or just set on the banks of the Chattahoochee River and though about life, and school and girls.

ReformingGeek said...

That looks so peaceful and quiet.

Merry Christmas to you, too!

Susan Anderson said...

Reading this has made me feel a little more ready to welcome the Christ Child this week.

Thank you!


Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.

joanne lee said...

Beautiful depiction!

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