Monday, December 19, 2011

This, Too, Is Christmas

Christmas comes in unexpected ways and unplanned moments. Four generations gather; casual conversation turns to deep and little ones ask about Christmases past. They sit wide-eyed listening to stories about life when little boys slept three in a bed and there was no money for presents or even Christmas trees.

Great-grandpa shares long-go memories and puts things treasured  into young hands;



Grandfathers and grandsons lean into one another;






a Grandson brings Grandma into his world;



the children ask about the spinning wheel that lives in the corner of the living room and watch in fascinated wonder;




the girls spy the wedding dress in the portrait hanging in the bedroom and wonder ...
yes, she has it stored away on the high shelf in the closet.


I watched through tear-dimmed eyes as years were woven into story and the story became a part of young hearts. Family - drawn together by words and love and memories passed from one generation to the next.




This, too, is Christmas.

Linking to Laura today:



Blessings,
Linda

14 comments:

  1. Exactly, Linda. You have captured it beautifully - and oh, your Mum spins! How wonderful!
    Merry Christmas to you and all those you love.

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  2. What a wonderful knitting together of past, present and future.

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  3. And this is beauty. He does come in so many different ways. That is just like Love.

    I'm so glad to see you keeping such good company, Linda! Memory-making is the richest of work.

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  4. I think I would have watched teary-eyed, too. Merry Christmas, Linda.

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  5. That's what its all about isn't it! Beautiful post.
    Merry CHRISTmas!

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  6. I love seeing children enchanted by the lessons they can learn from a grandmother. Your pictures tell it all.xxx

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  7. oh such sweetness here...comes through every picture...this is celebration:)
    Blessings~

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  8. Amen!
    My children were blessed to have their great-grandparents in their lives. My son's day-care person now lives in his great-grandparents' house, so we still get to walk into it and feel the memories.
    My parents helped raise and influence them and their dad's are still alive and sharing.
    Such a blessing and yes, this too is Christmas.
    Beautiful, Linda. (It's good to be back reading posts and posting.)

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  9. These precious pictures bring joy just looking at them. Thank you for taking the time to share them and your thoughts. Family is everything and I hope you and yours have a blessed time this Christmas, Linda.
    Love,
    Sandy

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  10. oh, how you tenderly weave together these photos, dear linda... i see it all through your teary eyes, and it is christmas indeed. i love you friend. i hope it is a merry one. xo

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  11. This leaning in, this weaving of generations. Beautiful. Just beautiful.

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  12. I feel as though I was celebrating family and love with you.

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