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December 10th 2011
Published: December 10th 2011
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Is it just me? Or has anyone else felt like time is fast and slow at the same time? I have the impression that it is a commonly shared feeling among mortals. I want this season to last, and I want the time to not drag by. Don't let me confuse you. I love Christmas time! No mistake about it. I love the Northwest and the evergreen trees. From Winter's first light dusting, of accumulated flurries of snowflakes covering my garden and lawn. To the fluffy marshmallow-y look of the heavy snow laden trees and mountains, under a beautiful blanket of glistening snow. Winters in the Northwest bring a certain reverence for nature, and you don't have to be a native or "tree hugger" to appreciate it. There is nothing quite like the feeling of playing in the snow, however one chooses to do it. I love the look and smell of fresh cut Christmas trees. The aroma of fresh baked goodies, filling the house with spices and sweetness. The chatter, the laughter, and commotion that occurs, at the hub of every get together. Family members and friends, from near and far, hugging and greeting, and more hugging, of loved ones young and old. Everyone coming together each year especially to exchange surprised exclaimations, of how the little ones have grown since last year. And of how wonderful the festive decorations have been arranged and displayed. The compliments pour forth and flow like warm honey from the lips of all. As each one tastes of the cullinary delights that everyone so lovingly prepared and brought to share. Songs and carols, stories and games, scriptorial recountings of long, long ago. So many memories, added upon each year. How I love to linger in this season, on these precious and cherished memories. This is Christmas in the Northwest.

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