For me, Christmas begins with lights. Forget the Christmas cards on display in July – it’s Summer! Their inane presence on the shop shelves in the middle of a heatwave makes me despair. Piped carol music in the shopping centre during October has me shaking my head – it’s just too early and Halloween has yet to be celebrated.
It’s the lights that cause the flutter of excitement in the pit of my stomach as I eagerly clamber to the loft in search of the Christmas lights. Will the previous year’s due care and diligence reap the ultimate reward – will they work?
Brought back down to the warmth of the house I gently unwrap the swaddled star, cocooned for 11 months in the blanket in which my newborn son was brought home from the hospital. The light bulb, submerged in cotton wool, emerges intact. Will it shine, though? By now anxiety holds sway as the lamps around the room are turned off and in the wintry dusk, I press the switch with trepidation. Rays of bright light shimmer across the blackness, outside into the dark! I feel aglow and calm; engulfed by Christmas peace and contentment.
Lights abound in our house during this holiday, not just the star but also Christmas window candles and the tree lights sparkling in a multitude of colours. Every evening candles are lit, their warm and tender living lustre slowing time in its path, uniting us in a time-honoured tradition. Light bringing its aura of ethereal harmony into our lives.
I have so many favourite Christmas songs but this Swedish one seems particularly appropriate – all about light; lighting those candles in our homes, bringing light and hope into the world. Sentiments that epitomises the needs of the world today.
For me, Christmas is about being with family and friends and I feel I have made some wonderful friends here on WP. Thank you so much for your continued interest, support, comments and kindness over the past year, it is a delight and privilege to know you all.
As you listen to the song and read the translation I want to wish each and everyone of you a very special Christmas / Holiday, filled with peace and joy. May light fill your homes and hearts this Christmas.
Finally, like so many, I will be taking a blogging break during the festive season and look forward to catching up with you in the New Year.
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!
GOD JUL & GOTT NYTT ÅR!
Thousands Christmas lights are lit
all around the world
Thousands, thousands also shine
in the dark blue sky
And over towns and land tonight
Christmas happy message spreads
that born is Jesus Christ, our Lord
The blessed prince of light.
Dear Star over Bethlehem
let your gentle light
Shine with hope and peace
into every home, every house
In every heart, poor and dark
please send a gentle ray,
A ray of love from God
In blessed Christmas time.