Christmas Day

But here a small boy says: “It snowed last year, too. I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea.”

“But that was not the same snow,” I say. “Our snow was not only shaken from white wash buckets down the sky, it came shawling out of the ground and swam and drifted out of the arms and hands and bodies of the trees; snow grew overnight on the roofs of the houses like a pure and grandfather moss, minutely -ivied the walls and settled on the postman, opening the gate, like a dumb, numb thunder-storm of white, torn Christmas cards.”

— Dylan Thomas, A Child’s Christmas in Wales

It is not the same snow here, today, this year, either, not like the snow Thomas remembered. Instead a powdered sugar sprinkling appeared in the night, coating the cars on the street around us, filling in the deer and people tracks that marked the yard, and calming somewhat the few noises of this Christmas morning.

May your days in this season be bright and beautiful, whether your holiday is Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Yule, or nothing at all.

Christmas Tree 2010

Christmas Tree 2010

And we wish all …
Merry Christmas
God Jul
Fröhliche Weinachten
Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
Vrolijk Kerstfeest
Nollaig chridheil
Nollaig Shona Dhuit

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2 thoughts on “Christmas Day

  1. Hello ; Just wanted to tell you that my family also lived in Espedal.
    My father (whom died in 1978 ) has left a lot of family-genalogie stuff … and on my fathers father family bransch he takes us back to Espedalen.

    Lauritz Espedalen lived there in 1641 – my father write. I will look for more stuff now -and think it would be nice to change stuff with you 😉

    PS! I know the people who lives there now – and I am pretty sure they are not in my (our) family….

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