After cleaning and vacuuming the living room, moving furniture, and assembling the tree, my back just didn't have enough left to get out the ornaments. We'll decorate the tree tomorrow.
The two little kids scampered off to watch a movie while Lily and I sat in the living room. Very high on my list of favorite things to do at Christmas is to sit in the dark and watch the Christmas tree. Dan teases me that unless we have blinking lights it's not really "watching" the tree, but blinking or not that's what I call it. When I was a kid my Mom and I would sit in the dark watching the tree and listening to Stille Nacht by Mannheim Steamroller. It's this beautiful piano & choral arrangement that culminates with the gentle sound of blowing snow. So peaceful. It brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it.
Tonight Lily and I sat in the dark listening to David Archuleta's Christmas from the Heart on the iPod. The lights were off and Lily was reading. I laid on the couch and watched the tree and pondered on the beautiful words and beautiful voice in each song. Laying there, I began to realize that it has been a very, very long time since I have shared a companionable silence with someone in my family. I am always either trying to get things done or trying to hide from everyone. It was so filling to be still in the glow of the Christmas lights and feel gratitude for my family and my circumstances.