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Countdown to december and the advent calendar!

November 29, 2009

Only two more days to the start of a beautiful season – winter and advent combined are one of my favorite times of year.  Unfortunately, it is raining, not snowing today. My fingers are crossed, however, for the North Wind to come blowing down from the Arctic, across Canada, picking up some moisture from Lake Superior and dropping it gracefully in wind swept bursts across southern Wisconsin.  I suspect I am one of only a few with these wishes.

For me, there is no sound sweeter than the quiet moments of a snowstorm, with ice crystals suddenly tinging on the storm windows when the wind picks up, and then quieting again when the wind drops away to gather its strength for another spate of crystalline bombardment.  The most wondrous reward after a night like this is to get up with the alarm, turn on the television and wait with breath held, until the announcment, “School is canceled today!”  The simple pleasures in life; the gift of a free day where none was expected.

Every school child has read the poem by Robert Frost, there are children’s books that illustrate it, but it is still one of my favorites:

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost, 1923

In two days starts the “December Advent” – twenty four days and twenty four posts before December 25th.  Some posts will be secular, some will be spiritual or religious.  Some will be funny or silly, and some will be beautiful.  I hope you will come back every day and enjoy.

Photograph by “Snowflake” Bently

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 30, 2009 2:33 am

    “For me, there is no sound sweeter than the quiet moments of a snowstorm, with ice crystals suddenly tinging on the storm windows when the wind picks up, and then quieting again when the wind drops away to gather its strength for another spate of crystalline bombardment.”

    That is truly poetry to my soul. I couldn’t agree more. After a Saturday and Sunday in the 60s, the weather is back to what November should be. No snow in the forecast yet, but I am crossing my fingers and hoping for some soon. I’m already in the Christmas mode, but snow would push me right over the edge into Christmas bliss.

    Looking forward to your advent posts this year.

    Thanks, Carl! I know – this weather has been so unseasonable. Bring on winter!! Someone stole our snowblower from the garage last week, so I may not be quite as excited by February, but what the heck, that’s what sons are for, right?
    I am excited about doing the advent posts. They don’t take a lot of time, and it is so much fun doing the research. I always find something new – like the music for the December 1st post! You’ll have to wait and see…..

  2. November 30, 2009 4:54 am

    We are SO on the same wavelength. I referenced the same Frost poem in my post.
    Don’t you just adore this time of year?!
    Best wishes your way!!

    Haha, I was reading you as you were reading me!! A joyous winter to you, Pamela.

  3. November 30, 2009 10:50 pm

    I’m so glad you’re doing your advent posts again! Those were my very favorite. (And I am NOT YET looking forward to the snow, though I’ll be glad to pass on the rain, too!)

    Thanks, Jeanie. Come on now – you have to decide… snow or rain? Just think… December rain: brown, gray, bitter. December snow: clean, crisp, light, refreshing. The snow has it!!!

  4. December 1, 2009 2:03 am

    Your snowblower was stolen? How awful! And expensive! I’m glad you have a couple of manual backups, ha! But still…

    Haha! Unfortunately one of the backups moved to California! He calls me daily and tells me about the beach, or wearing shorts, or going up to the roof to hang out. Grrrrrrrrrr
    Oh well. I guess someone needed the snowblower more than I did!

  5. December 2, 2009 5:35 am

    Well, guess what is in the forecast for Houston on Friday? SNOW! Maybe we’ll really get it, or maybe not, but it’s unbelievable that we’re even pondering it.

    I got off schedule slightly by taking part in Ruth’s (synch-ro-niz-ing)little December 1 project – a “how did your blog get its name?” group effort. But now, it’s Advent. It’s my absolute favorite of all the seasons, and now it’s time to enjoy it.

    Your Advent posts last year were beautiful. I’m looking forward to this year’s.

    Well make my day, Linda! Thanks – I am so pleased you will are looking forward to this. Me too 🙂

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