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Christmas tip-toes in

December 23, 2010

Christmas approaches quietly.

 

Inside,

a wooden Santa Claus hangs from the tree,

 

pine boughs nestle into an antique English planter,

 

a dazzling white amaryllis adorns an ironstone tureen,

 

a vintage glass spooner holds greenery against the bookcase,

 

a mercury glass ornament hangs in the window,

 

lighted branches glow in a corner,

 

candles work overtime,

 

Cheswick (reluctantly) nattily dresses,

 

packages arrive (and Ratatouille can’t resist).

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All the while, outside,

 

fresh snow tops the copper window boxes,

 

the garden sleeps under an urn of lights,

 

and the birdbath takes on winter duties.

 

Christmas can’t be far away.

 

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