Friday, December 16, 2022

Christmas Magic Is

I sit quietly after a busy morning. Most of the indoor and outdoor decorations are complete. The house smells of the fresh scent of cleanliness. A new batch of fresh pumpkin chocolate chip cookies is baked and each cookie dipped in chocolate with green and red sprinkles. The spirit and smells of Christmas are in the air. What's next after the frantic pace of last week? Silence seems to be an appropriate gift for this moment-no movement, no tasks, just being in the moment. 

"Christmas magic is silent. You don't hear it–you feel it. You know it. You believe it."
 Kevin Alan Milne 

Christmas Magic
in nature's soft
stillness, holiday colors
sparkling against darkness,
jingling sounds of bells ringing, 
joyful, merry holiday tunes singing,
past recollections, memories, old photos,
and children's happy sounds of laughter and glee-
the gift of silence against the noise of the outside world
breaks through racing movements allowing immersion in peace
Christmas magic is a reality-
rest in the stillness of joy

©CVarsalona, 2022

Sunshine is turning to dusk. I spot a layer of a pinkish sunset. A neighbor's deck is lit in beautiful swags. I decide to turn on the fireplace. The silence is refreshing and I am enjoying the stillness. May you enjoy silent moments as you prepare for your holiday season.


After my relaxing time in still moments, I now join the Poetry Friday Roundup hosted by writer Karen Edmisten who offers us poetry on being kind. We certainly can use more kindness in this world, especially now during the holiday season. Also, enjoy reading  the wealth of poetic goodness from the poetry community that Karen shares.


  1. A Christmas tree poem! Love it, Carol. I'm glad you had a chance to sit a spell.

    1. Last night, I ended the day dressed in a Mrs. Claus sweater and attended a gathering of friends in the clubhouse. From stillness to delightful chatter-the rhythm of life brings joy. Happy Holidays, Patricia.

  2. How beautiful. School finished for me today. I am relaxing into some silence. Ahhhhhhh.

    1. Linda, I am glad that you have time now to relax in some silence. It is a wonderful self-care practice. Have a wonderful holiday with your family.

  3. Patricia, I am excited to play with Clip2Comic. Thanks for that wonderful tip. Sitting by the fireplace looking out my window was just what I needed yesterday afternoon. Have a wonderful holiday.

  4. I love your concrete poem! That needs to be framed and hung!! Enjoy all the holiday goodness now that your preparations are complete. Today is the day our house gets "the fresh scent of cleanliness" before friends arrive for an early Solstice dinner.

    1. Enjoy your holidays, Mary Lee. Thanks for the special comment about my poem. I appreciate it.

  5. I love your Christmas tree image poem. How did you do it? I am looking forward to the cry of a new baby this Christmas!

    1. Margaret, I am a little late in commenting but I do want to wish you a special holiday with your family. I am happy with the way my Christmas tree worked its way into a shape poem.

  6. Your concrete poem is lovely. As I read it, I feel so peaceful inside. Thank you for sharing it here. Those pumpkin chocolate chip cookies sound delicious! Merry Christmas!

  7. What a sweet and cozy poem and post! I can smell those pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, too. Pass the plate, please? :D

  8. Perfect concrete poem for this time of year, Carol. I especially love the invitation to slow down, be still, and enjoy the smells and sights.