But just for now, let's all take a breather and relax for a minute or two .... better!
At this somewhat crazy time of year, it's important to just stop for a second from time to time and take a few moments to take it all in. The tree, the lights, the advent candles or calendar, the presents piled up, the list of things still to do - all evidence of fun and magic at this special time.
I'm especially pleased with my tree this year. I've used pale pink and gold with literally hundreds of tiny fairy lights. It sparkles with abandon! It's hard work to get it done, but it's always worth the effort. My tree is always a highlight for me.
Which got me thinking that I'd like you to take inspiration from the Christmas Tree.
There are so many ways to take this prompt. Here are just a couple that spring to mind:
- a story about your childhood Christmas trees perhaps
- your family tradition to drive into the wilderness to cut one down, Griswold family style
- how you come up with your colour scheme
- your favourite bauble
- who decorates the tree and maybe how harmonious that procedure is (or isn't!!!) when you are struggling to get the tree fixed and straight and then fighting with multiple, knotted up light strings
- maybe just how you're a real or an artificial aficionado (reference to the Paperclipping Round Table the other week)
- how about when you put it up - for example, many families here in Germany put theirs up on Christmas Eve and are horrified to find that I have mine up for weeks before the big day
I know that there will be something in this prompt to motivate you to get a little piece of your Christmas magic captured on paper, and we hope you will share your creations over at our Flickr gallery (here) with the tag WM#115