Monday, January 4, 2010

January 1

The tree is now outside, laying haphazardly on the curb. Once sparkling and dressed up with dozens of pretty packages under it's needles, it is now on top of a snow bank, looking awfully naked and used.

The fridge is back to it's normal pre-holiday ways. No more stuffed to the gills and overflowing with leftover cheese balls, meatballs, and other delicious balls that come along this time of year.

Hundreds of lights no longer reflect off the frozen snow and cold sidewalk after dark. The simple porch light is back to it's realistic, non indulgent ways.

Garland stripped from the mantle. Porcelain Santas stashes in boxes. Nativities carefully wrapped and packaged for another 48 weeks.

The trimmings and wrappings cleaned and put away. The weather seems suddenly colder without all the holiday ornamentation to buffer it's chilling icicles and bare, freezing nights.

But Christmas will hopefully live in my heart until next year. The reason we celebrated. The gift of the Savior. The hope that the atonement brings, no matter the season. Without a tree, without delicious cookies, without packages and garland and tiny scenes of the holy family in Bethlehem, we always have a reason to celebrate Christmas.


michael. mindy. dane. said...

Man! If I could write like you do!

I loved this.

Missed you yesterday!

Staci said...

I was just thinking about you 1 hour prior to this post... I was thinking you were quiet in the blog world, and hoping everything was okay with you and the babies... Hope you're doing well, and can't wait to hear an update on how things are going.

Chalyce said...

Hey Kara!! So I kind of blog stalked you, I couldn't find you on Shauna's, but found you on Mindy's and added you both. Hope you don't mind. Hope all is well with you and the babies. I'm sure I'll hear an update soon. If you want to follow my new updated blog it's:

Hear from you or see you soon.