Gathering of the Greens
I just finished reading An Irish Country Christmas by Alice Taylor. It’s a delightful book, sweet, charming, easy to read; just perfect for this time of year. I especially liked the chapter “Holly Sunday” in which all the children go off on an adventure through field and wood to gather the greenery to decorate the house for Christmas. Our gathering of the greens was not quite as grand an adventure as the river hopping, snow braving, prickly holly bearing quest that Taylor describes. We briefly considered a trek through the woods, but given the fact that it was getting on toward dusk and the two boys have been on the croupy side, we decided instead to drive down the driveway to my sister’s house and lop off some branches from the big blue spruce trees in her front yard. A bit tame as far as adventures go, yes, but we did end up with some lovely greenery to weave into the advent wreath, and tuck into some other nooks and corners that might need a bit of sprucing (quite literally) up. This verse continues to ring through my head this season:
People, look east! The time is near
Of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able,
Trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the Guest, is on the way.