Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Simple Magic Times

Back to the simple. With the holidays over, the sparkle set aside and the baking resting peacefully on my rear, Winter sets in.
  I remember when I was a kid, that countdown for the holidays.....
we could still have a Christmas tree in school then. We could sing Away in a Manger, we knew Good King Wenceslas, we even exchanged gifts by drawing names in our classroom.
Santa came every year to the VA Center and we all got a bag of nuts with an orange and an apple, and we were thrilled to get it.
 Families gathered and meals were shared, distant relatives stopped in for a visit, it seemed to last such a long time. It was a Christmas Season, with New Years nestled in, everything seemed to stop and say....celebrate! Get together. Rest.

I wondered, what is it that makes it seem so different now.
so fast
gone in an instant
Is it just that I am older? That my kids have grown? Did I loose the anticipation?
The joy of Christ's birth is to be celebrated daily, not just in a day....I know this. Yet, I long for that feeling of being a child enveloped in the holiday magic. What is different?

Do I perhaps glamorize a by gone day?
 A day with down town shopping, rather than malls, small local shops with bells that rang when you entered. Displays in the window about Christmas, not merchandise and sales, stomping the snow off your winter boots and shaking the winter chill before setting out from the five and dime to the local hardware store.

 Was it knowing you had to get everything for dinner before the grocery store closed because you sure couldn't get it Christmas Eve.
Perhaps living in a place where so few relatives are, I miss aunts and uncles, cousins and grandparents gathering to the smell of bacon while the rustling of wrapping paper tries to drown out conversation.

Did I forget to slow down?
Did I focus on wrong things?
Am I just expecting too much?
It is not the let down of holiday blues, not even the dread of cold, gray winter days ahead, or even as much the willingness to be caught up in commercialism that wears on me so. It is the seeming loss of a simpler time.
Things just moved slower, more deliberate, thought out or with purpose if you will.
My grandmother may have said..."what?" Maybe it was all fast for her too.
Yet I can't seem to shake the thought that we all move too fast now.
We have so much to do and seem to accomplish so little.
My grandmother worked harder than anyone I knew, generations of past did. It isn't to say people don't work hard today, they do.
I just wonder why we fill so much of our time here, on the computer, looking at things that soothe us, inform us, waste our time even.
Why we fill every day of the calendar with something to do as if life itself had nothing to offer of it's own.
I am the worst waster of time, and I hate that.
Maybe that is why the season of Christmas passed so quickly. Did I forget to hold on to all it had to offer by filling it with things I had to do?

How does life get simple?
Go ahead and laugh here.....what a concept. Life is never simple, but how is it more peaceful, more satisfying? How do I find the magic again?

I could RESOLVE something new. I know- another New Years resolution to be but broken.
Funny how that goes, always something to better ourselves, the world around us, our time, diet and money.
All broken
tossed aside
when life sets in.

I could resolve to rest. Not physically.
I could resolve to rest. Not emotionally.

I resolve to rest....spiritually.

To be still and know that God is God. That all things are in his hands and that he offers more than I could ever plan for my day.
You see, I forget that in life, crazy life that moves so very fast, my only rest and peace is in God. Did I know that as a child? Not really.

 But as a child life happened around me and I experienced it. I was caught up in what the day had to offer not in what I had planned for the day.
Now as an adult I can rest in what God has planned for my day, I can chose to be caught up in seeing his glory in all things.
Even in slow, silent things.
Even in things I would not wish for.

I can be caught up in the majesty over the magic.

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marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Great post. I need to slow down and let the Lord lead and just simply follow. Hugs, Marty

Terra said...

Lovely post.

craftythriftydecoratingwifemom said...

Thanks for sharing in your eloquent words what I feel and can't get it together enough to express...and the memories. Your pictures are gorgeous, too.

Deb said...

Really thoughtful post. I ADORE that cabinet full of dishes. Deb

Rain on a Tin Roof said...

Lovin all your vintage decor!!

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Ann in the UP said...

I greatly simplified my Christmas prep to the things that mean the most to me. So I slowed things down a lot and time passed more deliberately.

But a lot of what you're expressing sounds like my nostalgic memories of Christmas. When we're kids we don't see the paddling under the water---we just see the duck gliding along the surface. We don't have to do the work to make it happen.

NanaDiana said...

Shannon- You know what caught me was the need to slow down and savor the moment. We do live way too fast and it does make me want to simplify. Blessings to you- I hope you have a wonderful 2013- xo Diana

Jeanne said...

A wonderful post with much meaningful and inspiring words to live by. I love the vintage collections in your photos. Amazing.
xo, Jeanne

LV said...

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, but glad it is over. I want things to get back to normal,whatever that might be.

Mariella Kennedy said...

Christmas is a lovely time to enjoy simple things in life... but I think being short make us appreciate it even more... and yes God wants it that way we celebrate his life , being born and more importantly that he was born to give his life for us all!!
blessing Shannon
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Old Time Cindy said...

Great post. Love your photos and decor. We were able to keep Christmas sweet and simple this year. I think we need to tune out a lot of outside influences and be still like you said. Thanks for boot scootin' on over to join in at the Old Time Party!
Farmhouse hugs,

cynthia lee designs said...

Great Post! Love all your vintage decor!!

Jann Olson said...

Shannon, I love this post! It's as though you have taken the words right out of my mouth. I too long for those by-gone days. I am always telling hubby that I don't love Wal-mart. Why? because it chases so many small businesses away. How can they compete? I love to remember those slower paced days. And I really long for my grandchildren to know what it was like. Things are now so techincal and my little ones grow up so much faster. You can certainly tell that God saved them for this fast paced life. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup. I think we all need to take time, listen, and let him guide us.

Jody and Stan said...

Thanks for sharing this inspiring post at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Happy New Year!


Art and Sand said...

I loved your post. I never had the snow at Christmas being a southern California girl, but I loved the day after Thanksgiving because it was the day the department stores in downtown Los Angeles revealed their Christmas windows. Each window was a Christmas scene. We went shopping not to get bargains, but to see Santa and get our FIRST glimpse of the Christmas season. Now I wouldn't think of going shopping on Black Friday because of the crowds.

My kids are grown and we have no grands, so our Christmas is always a family vacation. It's a time when we all meet up and spend a week together playing. We go small on presents and big on time together. Usually it is skiing, but we went tropical this year and we all commented that it was so nice to move slow and just enjoy.

Thank you for making me stop and think and reminisce.


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