Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Joy

"And she gave birth to her Son, her Firstborn;
and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and
laid Him in a manger, because there was no
room or place for them in the inn."
Luke 2:7

The Nativity 
N.C. Wyeth

Creator of the stars at night,
Thy people's everlasting Light,
Jesu Redeemer, save us all,
And hear Thy servants when they call...

Thou camest, the Bridegroom of the Bride,
As drew the world to evening tide,
Proceeding from a Virgin shrine,
The spotless Victim all divine.

  - from an old Latin hymn

"But Mary was keeping within herself all these sayings, 
weighing and pondering them in her heart."
 Luke 2:19

Madonna With Child And Two Angels
Fra Filippo Lippi
 Uffizi Gallery 
Florence, Italy

Bird of Dawning

Some say that ever 'gainst that season comes
Wherein our Saviour's birth is celebrated,
The bird of dawning singeth all night long:
And then, they say, no spirit dare stir abroad;
The nights are wholesome; then no planets strike,
No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm,
So hallow and so gracious is the time.
-William Shakespeare

Red Cardinal

Dashing through the snow,
In a one horse open sleigh
Over the fields we go
Laughing all the way.
Bells on bob tail ring

making spirits bright
What fun it is to ride and sing
A sleighing song tonight.
Oh jingle bells jingle bells
jingle all the way!
Oh what fun
it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh, Hey!
Jingle bells jingle bells
Jingle all the way!
Oh what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

"Jingle Bells"
-James Lord Pierpont
Originally published under
the title, "One Horse Open Sleigh" 1857

Bringing Home The Christmas Tree

"Merry Christmas!"
From Dolly and Me

 Shirley Temple
"Little Curly Top"
Rest In Peace

A Brandywine Christmas

The Doll Collection of
Ann Wyeth McCoy

Ann Wyeth McCoy
  was the youngest daughter
 of the great American artist
 and illustrator, N.C. Wyeth, 
sister of the legendary Andrew Wyeth, 
and aunt of prolific surrealist
 and portrait painter, Jamie Wyeth.
She was also a talented artist
 and a musical composer. 
At the age of 19, Ann wrote
 a symphony called, 
"A Christmas Fantasy"
 which was performed by the 
Philadelphia Orchestra, 
under the direction of 
conductor Leopold Stokowski.

 Ann loved the holiday season
 and described her symphonic work
 "as an expression of my personal
 reactions to Christmas Day in our home." 
  As a child, every year at Christmastime,
 Ann received at least one large beautiful doll,
 bought for her by her mother, Carolyn Wyeth,
 who liked to sew period dresses 
and nightgowns for her daughter's dolls.

"They are like real people to me,"
 Ann once said about her dolls.
 "I guess I never grew up."

 Since the 1970's,
 Ann's collection of antique dolls
 have been on display each year
 during the Christmas season
 at the Brandywine River Museum
 and Nature Conservancy
 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, 
home to several generations
 of the famous Wyeth Family.

Country Christmas Hearts

May you
have the gladness
of Christmas
Which is hope;
The spirit 
of Christmas
Which is peace;
The heart
of Christmas
Which is love 

-Ada V. Hendricks

Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me, 
starlight and dewdrops are awaiting thee...

Prancing Christmas Ponies

 The magic of moonlight on snow....

I like days
with a snow-white collar,
and nights when the moon
is like a silver dollar
and the hills are filled
with eiderdown stuffing
and your breath makes smoke
like an engine puffing.

I like days
when feathers are snowing,
and all the eaves
have petticoats showing,
and the air is cold,
and the wires are humming
but you feel all warm...
with Christmas coming!
-Aileen Fisher

and Mistletoe...

Sugar Plum Fairies Dancing With Delight....

 Sugar Plum Fairy
Lyudmila Agrich

While children watch for Santa
on Christmas Eve night! 

 A Christmas Legend

In old England
sprays of holly
were placed
on the hives to
wish the bees
a Merry Christmas.
And the bees
were said to hum
a carol in honor
of the Christ Child

"The holly bears a blossom,
As white as lily flow'r,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
To be our dear Saviour..."

The Holly And The Ivy
An Old English Carol

English Ivy

Christmas is a time for baking...

Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies!

And drinking egg nog...

And trimming the tree...

"We are better throughout the year for having,
in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime."
-Laura Ingalls Wilder

Author of the "Little House" Books
-Laura Ingalls Wilder

...and carolers singing with joy for you and for me!

"Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn king
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled
Joyful all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With angelic host proclaim
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"
With angelic host proclaim
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"
"Hark The Herald Angels Sing"
-Charles Wesley
Sacred Hymns and Poems

“A great company
 of the heavenly host 
appeared with the angel, saying,
 ‘Glory to God in the highest,
 and on earth peace to men
 on whom His favor rests."
 Luke 2:13-14

month of holly,
pine, and balsam,
Of berries red,
of candles'
mellow light;
Of home and
fireside, laughter,
happy faces,
Of peace that
comes upon 
the holy night.
-From An Old Carol

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
-Based on the 1863 poem,
 "Christmas Bells"
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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