Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Baubles

The first time I ever heard the term 'baubles' was while reading Harry Potter. It was one of the passwords to get to the Gryffindor common room and I had no idea what it was. So I looked it up... and while we were in England I loved to hear people say the word. Goodness I miss England.

We absolutely adored how simple Christmas was in Oxford. There were lights, garlands, and beautiful decorations of red and green and silver and gold. No inflatable Santas, blinding lights blinking incessently, or overly decorated trees and houses. Just simple, beautiful decorations that speak to the true meaning of Christmas. I have never felt the spirit of Christmas more strongly. We actually went to Paris over Christmas and thought it would be highly decorated like in the US... but it wasn't either. Just simple lights and decorations. Lovely.

While we were living in England we purchased some baubles of our own (on sale for £1 per box at an after Christmas sale). We bought three boxes (12 total) and they all survived the journey home. I love how they are all nestled in their boxes.

They remind me of that simple Christmas we spent abroad. I will never forget it.

1 comment:

Lorrie said...

you know, I feel the same way, Les. Two years ago, I went through all my stuff, and got rid of a lot that didn't have sentimental value to me. This year, my home is beautiful, but very simple. Look on my post in the next few days for a picture of my Christmas quilt that I finished in November. It's hanging in my front hall.