A List of Small Joys, Christmas edition

Monday, December 24, 2018

A list of small joys for this month...moments to remember and keep close as reminders of goodness and beauty.


-melted wax seals, pressed against paper
-pale pink and dark green together
-winter stamps, glorious birds of blue and grey and red
-melted cheddar bubbling on crusty bread
-navy stockings with oatmeal-colored stripes
-soft, plush throw blanket
-a hot bath
-the magical strains of The Gruffalo’s Child suite 
-dark-bound notebooks with thick, unlined paper
-sinking into a soft pillow at night
-cozy cardigan pockets
-Mary Berry
-red lipstick
-seeing pictures of everyone’s Christmas trees
-beer cheese soup
-dark green flannel shirts
-library books stacked tall and thick
-freshly washed sheets
-a holiday latte
-lamplight
-folded socks
-golden steamed milk
-dropping letters in a mailbox
-puzzles
-navy and green sticks of wax
-an Advent wreath
-curving black ink on paper
-driving at night, warm and safe in the car
-falling asleep to waves of gentle music
-being gentle with yourself
-fingers brushing through your hair
-the corners of a throw pillow peeking out from an armchair
-the glow of Christmas tree lights 
-the quiet tingling of bells in Judy Garland’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
-the dark, hushed corners of the soon-to-be-filled empty crib in a manger
-making a list of small joys