Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas 2007

It’s nearly Christmas, and the excitement here is palpable. HH rings the brass bells on the front door, plays “Oh Tannenbaum” on the music box and sits for long spells staring at the nativity scene that swirls in a never-ending carousel powered by the warm air rising from the radiator above which it rests, spinning it’s delicate wind mill top.

This is the first Christmas when HH has some concrete idea of what is about to happen and he is counting down the days. Each morning when he sits at the breakfast table, he reaches for his Christmas calendar to open the next window and pull out a piece of chocolate. Then he scrunches up his fingers to display the number of days until Christmas. He still has some trouble getting his fingers to cooperate and has to literally fold them out one by one making numbers over five a challenge. Four and ten are is favorite numbers because they are the easiest to manipulate so more often than not, those are the numbers he uses.

It is a magical time and I feel fortunate to be able to share it with him. I have to resist the impulse to spend our last coppers on gifts – I don’t want it to be all about the gifts anyway – but the idea of him waking up on Christmas morning and finding bundles of presents under the tree is a powerful incentive to spend.

However you spend the coming days, I hope they are joy-filled … I’ll be back in the New Year.

Until then …




Blogger J said...

Happy holidays to you and your family, Richard.

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a cute photo!Oh to be a kid at Christmastime--every adult talking about goodies with you, wanting you to sing and telling you Christmas tales!

I clearly remember waking my father up at dawn by climbing on him while he tried to get some sleep-- no matter how exhausted he was, he was always kind. (My mother had been up for hours, baking) She said we had to wait for Daddy, but after all the waiting, we'd go mad and practically drag the poor man into the living room, where he looked dazed and rumpled until he'd had a few cups of coffee... we STILL had to wait--for him to go shower and dress, and then we had to eat a big breakfast!!! - we waited ... and were like crazy people, waiting --- it is only once a year after all. In kid time that feels much longer

will he be the first one up on Christmas morning??

Just a few more days left! I will be strolling around my village today with friends--last minute shopping and a glass of wine at lunch.

4:51 PM  
Blogger d. chedwick bryant said...

Merry Christmas!

4:54 PM  
Blogger ZaZa said...

My goodness but HH has grown. No more toddler, he's a real little boy now. And the spit of his Daddy, too.

Happy holidays!

11:38 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

What a wonderful time...Christmas with a young child. Ours are now 33 and 28 years old, and I still miss those magical Christmas mornings when they would wake up and run to see what Santa had brought for them...
Enjoy, Richard!

3:26 AM  
Anonymous NYC to New Hampshire said...

One of your best posts.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

3:59 AM  
Blogger Chloe said...

he is lovely Richard!
i have this urge to spend spend spend for my son but a couple of days ago he said to me "school's out for 2 weeks, that's the best thing about christmas along with the tree and the food!".
I hope you are going to have a wonderful Christmas xx

11:53 AM  
Blogger Ralph said...

One of my daughters has finagled me into cooking a turkey for Christmas evening. This will be the first time I've prepared a turkey and the trimmings. Oh, man. What have I got into.

I will be sure to stock the deep freeze with an alternative menu....

Merry Christmas to you and your family and your readers.

3:38 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

What happened to the toddler?! Wow -- he done all growed UP! He's still adorable, though!


5:13 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

OH, he is sooo lovely: with those cherub cheeks of his.
Have a wonderful Christmas, Richard. I'm afraid I succumbed to the shopping bug: my sons are about to be swamped with gifts.

But when I asked my oldest son what he wanted most for CHristmas he genuinely said "a big hug from you and daddy".


6:55 PM  
Blogger Pippa said...

A beautiful Christmas to you and your loved ones, Richard. May it bring you joy, peace, closeness and contentment in every special way!

5:46 AM  
Blogger christina said...

Merry Christmas to all of you!

9:51 PM  
Blogger lou said...

Happy New Year, Richard! Thanks for "Christmas 2007", filled with the spirit of the Season.
Heavy snowfall here today, again! When visibility improves, I'll don my snowshoes & head for the mountain. It's almost meditation :)

6:14 PM  
Blogger Small World said...

Ok, so the new year is here already, and I'm waiting not so patiently for a new post from you. Hurry up! And please put another pic of HH--they seem to capture his essence and emit such energy and peace, which is a pretty strange combination now that I think of it. Happy New Year, Richard! (Oh, and thanks for the warm welcome on my blog.)

4:08 AM  

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