Today I broke with tradition,
(my tradition anyway),
and gave in to
hubby's desperate urge
to hit the shops
for some late
Christmas Eve action.
I must admit my mind
was full of queues for the car parks, and checkouts,
and all the things I hate about shopping.
Still the sun was glistening
on the snow,
so I hung my fit of the
on the back of the door
on the way out,
and decided to make the most of it.
We did queue our way into Leamington,
but rather than make for the car parks
we slid down the back streets between the Georgian houses,
and parked amid the mounds of snow
across the partially frozen river from the main town.
This enabled us to make our way between the
snow filigreed trees,
and over the foot bridge past the bandstand,
enjoying to the full the winter wonderland
that is so foreign to us.
Right off we were stopped in our tracks
by the sound of the trumpet and handbell
announcing Leamington Spa's town crier in full voice.
He was wishing us the compliments of the season,
along with announcing what bargains could be found in the town.
This festive note carried us straight to the shop where
we found the special present our daughter
had failed to find anywhere else.
the rest of the time we were free to wander to our own
favourite spots for the bits and pieces
that put the finishing touches to our Christmas preparations.
Needless to say we stopped long enough for a tooth-full
of sustenance as well.
As we re-traced our wintry steps back to the car,
we heard the church bells peeling out a
back drop of reality to the day.
Singing out across the icy water,
they called folks to the children's
Christmas Eve service.
Driving back home through the snow-laden lanes,
the setting sun melted the fretted black shapes
of the treetops to flickering rose and gold.
The white Christmas we have waited so long for, is truly at it's best today.
I have to admit to hubby that today
may well have broken my embargo on Christmas Eve
shopping for good.
Back home we rustle up a meal,
and do the few things left to do before setting out
for the moment that Christmas truly begins.
The whole day is preparation for this.
At midnight we will be with our church family,
celebrating the holy moment
when God laid aside his glory
to come into our broken world.
Hidden in his vulnerable new born frailty
the full power of Godly love
touches each moment of our need,
where we will receive it,
his healing peace.
May your Christmas
be filled with the
Worship of the Angels,
the Joy of the Shepherds
and the Peace of the of the Christ Child.