Wednesday, December 3, 2014

IWSG-Sunday was the first of Advent


This is the final IWSG for this year and what a year. This is a great place to showcase one's fears and offer encouragement to many writers and the average Joe, like me, who likes to be part of this great post which is hosted by the Merry Ninja, Alex J Cavanaugh.

I love Christmas...I mean love! This time has meaning to me and is very dear to my heart. I am a proud Canadian but I love my German heritage so I make my own advent wreath which I hang from the ceiling and light a candle each Sunday until all 4 are lit. I still fill my hubby's shoe with chocolates and he finds it Dec 6th (on top of the coffee maker) for St Nicholas Day. I have my Christmas Village (which I painted and I even have the local Cathouse in it which I think, every village should have one), my Nativity scene, I bake and have all the extra trimmings. Did I say I love it?:)

I had written a poem a few years ago and I hope you like it even if the grammar is not right:)-I am showing my insecurity....

The Spirit

Silence of the night
penetrates
to my delight
my heartfelt
thoughts of long ago.

Advent starting right
now with songs
that reach the height and setting
happy dreams aglow.

When the stars shone bright
on the tree,
they danced alight
the tinsel
hanging row on row.

Our only fight
was to seize
a tempting bite
of cookies
shaped from sugared dough.

Presents cast a sight
taking on
a wondrous might
and giving
smiles that melted snow.

Feelings taking flight
emblazon
the twilight
enchanting
visions few do know.






Oh, in case you are wondering, my cathouse is the bright pink house in the back. I also have a hobo on a park bench covered in a newspaper which is in front of City Hall (not pictured). I know...but I can't help myself.



This song, sung by Ivan Rebroff, is one of my all time favourite, if not my most favourite song. It is sung in German and it is a Russian folksong. Hope you listen and enjoy:)


55 comments:

  1. Lovely. My daughter-in-law has asked to put up my hand-painted village in their new home. I am happy to oblige. I'll start my decorating in another week.

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    1. I bought those little stores/homes for something like $3.00 and painted all of them. It really is one's own then

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  2. I loved your poem. Mistakes? Where? :)

    My hubby and I were stationed in Germany for three years. I have to say, Christmas time was absolutely beautiful there.

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    1. Thanks! Oh one day i would love to go to a Christmas market there

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  3. I listened to a bit of the song; I did like it! I had not seen a hanging Advent wreath, that is cool! I think it is sweet you do St. Nicholas to this day for your hubby; my mom did it for us when I was growing up and my sister still does it for her daughters in their late teens/early 20's.

    It is neat you enjoy the Christmas season so much! I think you did a great job on your poem too!

    betty

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    1. Thank you about my poem. Glad to hear you also celebrated St. Nicholas day. I loved it when we got chocolates and my parents got each a potato:)

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  4. Lovely pictures! And your Christmas preparations sound great. Ugh, Nikolaus comes this weekend!!! My hubby is hoping I'll get Stutenkerle baked to put in those boots. See if that works out :)

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    1. It is this weekend! Have fun baking:)

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  5. This time of year brings a message of hope and love. You've started the season with some beautiful reminders of what we have to look forward to this month.

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  6. I love the idea of a cathouse and a hobo!

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    1. No Christmas Village should be without

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  7. I love your traditions! And your decorations. Can I visit?

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    1. Thank you so much and you are welcome any time:)

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  8. Can there be mistakes in a poem? I think not.

    You really do go all out. But with a touch of whimsy which I think every holiday needs.

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    1. Oh I do go nutty but hopefully not tacky and I don;t think so if I do say so myself:)

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  9. What a beautiful poem! Love your use of the words. Your decorations and traditions are wonderful.

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    1. Thank you so much and I love to carry on the traditions

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  10. I loved your poem. Truly beautiful. And your decorations are wonderful. I love this time of year, also. So fun to decorate, and so much to be grateful for!

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    1. We truly should be grateful for all we have and I love decorating

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  11. Oh wow, can I come to your house for Christmas?? It looks so festive and warm and welcoming and fun!!! I LOVE CHRISTMAS. I know, I'm Jewish, so it's a little weird, but I had SUCH Christmas envy when I was a kid. I just love this time of year. And I thought your poem was a perfect, perfect poem for Christmas. Full of spirit and sincerity and joy. I loved it :)

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    1. Of course you can-door is welcome:) Thank you so much about my poem

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  12. Great poem, and I love the pictures.

    The singer's baritone is really nice to listen to, along with the jolly music. Thanks for the share!

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    1. he has a great voice-he can sing very, very high and go really low-it's kind of freaky but i love this song

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  13. You really love Christmas! That's so cool. I started watching all the Christmas romance movies on the Hallmark channel already. LOL. Love your German traditions and your poem is lovely <3

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    1. Yes love Christmas and all the happiness it brings. Thank you about my poem

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  14. Great verse indeed at your feed.All decorated and ready for santa haha

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  15. I love Christmas too - the decorations, the food, the cute TV specials! Your poem was lovely and made me very nostalgic. I loved your pics; your decorations are so beautiful and perfect for the season!

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    1. Thank you so much! I have to watch all the specials especially Rudolph and Santa Claus is Coming to Town

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  16. Your poem is absolutely lovely, Birgit. It brings back all the youthful innocent memories of long ago Christmases.

    Thank you for leaving your kind comment on my grandma's tribute post. She was an amazing lady.

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    1. Thank you so much and this Christmas will be difficult for you but you will get through it and adjust.

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  17. Beautiful poem, and um, I want your husband's shoe. :-)

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    1. Thank you and maybe you need to let someone know about this St. Nicholas day:)

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  18. LOVE the poem... what Christmas used to be... and should be. And you've made the cutest Christmas village. Well done, my friend. You're embracing the holiday spirit.
    hugs, Asha

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    1. Thank you about the poem and my decorating . I try to make Christmas warm and homey

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  19. Love everything, Birgit. Your poem, your holiday spirit, the wreath and village and especially the cat house:)....Oh it wasn't for the cats? tee hee

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    1. Thank you so much. Yes it is a different type of cat house which should have a red light in it

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  20. Your poem is warm, fun, and festive. It reads like a holiday song. No need for insecurities. Smiles. xo

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  21. Lovely poem, and such beautifully designed decorations! I love all of your whimsical touches!

    Julie

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  22. This time of year is definitely beautiful, yet stressful. Beautiful poem!!! Those cookies look yummy, too.

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    1. Yes it can be stressful and I have often felt it but I always love this holiday despite the stress. Thank you about my poem. Many people love my almond crescent cookies and my shortbread is a foolproof recipe and melts in the mouth if I do say so myself

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  23. What a great post! I loved the pictures you shared! Looks like you did a great job on your village. :) I very much enjoyed your poem. I do love the holidays too- but I feel very far behind this year! This post is a good reminder that I need to get moving.
    ~Jess

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    1. Thank you-I love my village as I painted each house. I always look like I am ready but far from it:)

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  24. Hope you had a good weekend, Birgit.

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    1. I had a great one and hope you did too.

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  25. Hi there Birgit! Sorry this comment is so late. Beautiful village. I don't have anything as fancy but I do love collecting those little houses. I keep mine all around my kitchen and they are up all year. Always looking for more at yard sales, etc.Last year my brother got me a set of Victorian houses, snow and all. Do you get them from ceramic dealers???

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    1. Thank you! There used to be a store called White Rose which I still miss. They sold everything from gardening supplies, flowers etc... to crafts and holiday stuff. I bought my homes there and would keep adding as they sold them for as cheap as $2.99! I picked them up over the years and then I painted them

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  26. Love the poem! I'm so glad you shared it.
    I've never heard of that song before - going to watch the video now.

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    1. Thank you and I hope you like the song-the horses pulling the carriage and it is cold and snowy but bringing one to a cozy home

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  27. Your poem caught the magic of Christmas for me. I love your enthusiasm. It's very catching. :-)

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  28. Happy Monday, Birgit. (If there is such a thing. grin.)

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