It's beginning to look like Christmas everywhere in my home. Decorating for the season or holiday is one of my passions. I enjoy creating a home that brings the beauty of the outside in and the decorative spirit to the outside. What makes my new Virginia home different from my Long Island one is the open concept house where I can easily blend some of the old (antique pieces) with the new.
I opened the door so you can step into my foyer and study. The flocked pencil tree greets everyone. You can see some antique pieces mixed with my new furniture.
Christmas is one of my favorite holidays because of its connection to faith, family, and hope for brighter times. The latter is especially needed now.
Take a peek at some of the decorated corners. The foyer is still in the planning stages.
Sing to the holly, the Christmas holly,
a chant sublime.
Nature lends her voice to praises
in the jingle-jangle mornin'.
Waiting to remember exactly,
it calls us, with an angel's voice.
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky.
Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.
Wonder upon wonder.
©CV, 2021, Cento Poem
Sources for My Cento Poem
Title: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas by Michael Buble
1. The Christmas Holly by Eliza Cookby Henry Wordsworth Longfellow3. Christmas Carol by Paul Laurence Dunbar4. Mr. Tambourine Man by The Byrds5. Ship's Manifest by Amanda Gorman6. Music on a Christmas Morning by Emily Bronte7. Ring Out Wild Bells by Alfred Lord Tennyson8. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess9. O Holy Night by John Sullivan Dwight10. Before the ice is in the pools by Emily DickensonThank yous are extended to Mary Lee Hahn who inspired me to take on the Inklings' challenge suggested by Molly Hogan: try a poetry form that was new to us. I wrote a cento poem/patchwork poem. Research is needed when writing a cento poem that is composed entirely of lines from poems by other poets.”🎄🎅🎄Last week for Poetry Friday, I interviewed Matt Forrest Esenwine about his new book, Today I Am. If you did not visit my blog site and would like to read Matt's responses, please click here.Thanks to Shannon Krieg at POW! Kids Books for providing a copy of Matt's book for one lucky person. Congratulations Michelle Kogan. I know you are excited to receive and review the book.🎄🎅🎄I am ready for Poetry Friday but not fully ready to open the doors to all the decorated rooms in my house. It's hard to balance life during the holidays so here I am in the wee hours of morning typing away. Thanks to Cathy Mere for hosting Poetry Friday today at her blog, https://merelydaybyday.blogspot.com/. She is rolling out the red carpet for the Poetry Friday community."Happy holidays to all, and to all a good-night."