oh what fun, it is to sing!

We live very much in a neighborhood, which honestly is not what I’ve done for most of my 20-plus years living in Vermont. I always thought, when visiting friends here who had close neighbors–now, why would you subject yourself to all the trouble of living way up north and then have a bunch of neighbors?

I can be prickly like that.

And then, like tonight, this pile of neighbors gets together, and we walk around our neighborhood–and go into the gas station–and sing Christmas carols to every house that had a person in it (and one, it turns out, that didn’t).

There are a lot of things to be said about Christmas.  If you are Christian, you might find it too commercial; if you are not, you might find it too religious; if you are spending it with family, it might be too loud/busy/annoying; if you are alone, it might be too lonely/quiet/depressing.

But tonight, as we gathered on icy walkways and sang somewhat out-of-key to our neighbors, all of whom graciously received us, I thought, what can be wrong with a holiday that brings people together to sing, and laugh?  What can be wrong with bringing light to the world, even in the form of slightly flat fa-la-las lit by iPhones (luminaries seemed more poetic but too risky with the five and six year-old)?

What can be wrong with bringing more love to the world?

Well, nothing that I can see.  Merry Christmas, and however you spend it, I hope it brings more love to your heart, and so to the world.


Post about Post

oh, my.  Has it been so embarrassingly long as this?  I am still here, and creating, just not posting.  Life got unexpectedly busy soon after my last post, when we welcomed our foster daughter into our lives.  Two months old at the time, she is still with us.  It’s wonderful and delightful.  And three is a herd of children!

Creating and posting took a back seat for a while, but I have been creating lately and hopefully posting will be at least sporadic, rather than nonexistent!

I’m prompted to write at last because a great new store in White River Junction is carrying some bags I’ve created.  Post is owned and operated by Pam Post, and is full of fun, useful and beautiful items to help you in your every day life if you read, write, carry things in bags, dry dishes, play games, send cards, etc.

There are loads of giftable items in there, though I admit that I have purchased mostly for me.  Even if you don’t buy, Pam is very nice to talk with and the atmosphere is inviting, quiet and relaxed.

Here’s a sample of the bags of mine Post is carrying.  Three sizes, three colorways for now. Outer fabric is organic cotton canvas, liner is wipe clean.  Find more in downtown WRJ at Post!

Thanks for reading, and happy fall.