‘Twas the day before Christmas…

when all the last minute shoppers are hustling and bustling around….so was I…guilty!

I salute you.  I am your friend, and my love for you goes deep.  There is nothing I can give you which you have not already; but there is much, very much, which though I cannot give it, you can take.  No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in today.  Take heaven.  No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this precious little instant.  Take peace.  The gloom of the world is but a shadow.  Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy.  There is radiance and courage in the darkness could we but see it; and to see, we have only to look.  Life is so generous a giver, but we, judging its gifts by their coverings, cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard.  Remove the covering, and you will find beneath it a living splendor, woven of love, and wisdom, and power.  Welcome it, greet it, and you touch the angel’s hand that brings it.

Everything we call a trial, a sorrow, a duty, believe me, that angel’s hand is there, the gift is there, and the wonder of an overshadowing Presence.  Our joys, too, be not content with them as joys.  They, too, conceal diviner gifts.  Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty beneath its covering, that you will find earth but cloaks your heaven.  Courage, then, to claim it, that is all!  But courage you have, and the knowledge that we are pilgrims wending through unknown country our way home.

And so, at this Christmas time, I greet you, not quite as the world sends greeting, but with profound esteem now and forever.

The day breaks and the shadows flee away.

This old Christmas greeting from a letter written between 1387-1455 by Giovanni da Fiesole (Fra Angelico)

As we prepare to spend this Christmas with our family and friends…a moment to pray for those who are alone and suffering… for those who are hungry and sick…and mostly for those who don’t know the true meaning of Christmas.  Thank you so much for your visit,  and wishing you and yours a truly wonderful and joyous Christmas!

Merry Christmas Matt! Another Christmas without you…miss you & love you very much!

Hello Jane!  Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Blouse & Skirt: Ralph Lauren

Bag & Sunnies: Chanel    Shoes: Kate Spade

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22 thoughts on “‘Twas the day before Christmas…

  1. Love how you styled the skirt.. I never quite had the guts to pull off the long skirt look.. maybe I should 🙂

    Hope your Christmas was a great one!

  2. I am incredibly touched by your post. The letter by Fra Angelico is very perceptive and right. I love your outfit today. The length of your skirt and the plaid with elbow patches. Too cool. Thanks for your visit to my blog.

  3. Hello, hello! 안녕하세요~
    Thank you so much for the Christmas wishes. Such a pleasant surprise! 감사합니다 😀
    I would also like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!

    Aside from the lovely shout-out, I just wanted to mention that I love the outfit (clothes, watch, heels. . .) as always :p Looking forward to your next blog post!

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