December has just started and for me it means count down till December 24th is on. For as long as I can remember I’ve always have had this Christmas candle from 1st December till the day we celebrated it here in Denmark on the 24th in the evening. So to me this Christmas candle means so many things for me.
So before I move on, let’s leave out the most obviously part of Christmas, religion etc. etc., that is not what I am going to write about here, though it may come close to it. Try to keep an open mind about what Christmas is…
Like I said as far as I can remember I’ve had a Christmas candle. When I was a child the candle was a countdown to Christmas Day and evening, the days were long, just too long waiting for the evening, opening the Christmas gifts with the Christmas three all lit up with smaller candles looking all inviting and welcome…. :-)
As I grew older, the meaning changed as they do when you learn more about life and such. As December has started, the Christmas candle is one of the first thing I have all set and ready to light on December 1st. Granted I do put a bit more Christmas decorations up in my apartment, the candle is the one I like the most. It is a light in the darkness and a reminder of the joy and peace, Christmas time should be.
For me Christmas should be about being together in joy, peace and at best have a relaxing day. Not the stressful, fighting, trying to bid over each other with bigger and more expensive gifts that you in the end can’t afford. It shouldn’t be about impressing each other with the best decorated table, or the best cooked meal. It should be about being together celebrating an evening, which has different means to all of us.
Sure, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wanted the Christmas with white snow all around, a fireplace going in the background, a big Christmas tree decorated the children or nephews/nieces have made, a nice Christmas meal while the music softly plays in the background or after the meal it would be nice to hear what people talk about at the dinner table, without having to shout to each other or speak louder. I still dream about a day like this, till then my Christmas candle reminds me, the simple Christmas is just as good if not better at times, lets stressful, more joyful…
“At least I dream of a White Christmas,
At least the snow has fallen,
And we can all be together,
In a joyful day with blessing
All around us with love,
At least I only need the stars
To guide me to the fireplace of hearts,
At least I can be with you,
At least I can wish you all
A Merry December to fall
On the Eve of them all…” (Written November 30th 2012, by Ditte Broens)
How do you count down to Christmas Day / Eve…?
The Quiet Photographer