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"The time draws near the birth of Christ:
The moon is hid; the night is still;
The Christmas bells from hill to hill
answer each other in the mist."
ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON, In Memoriam
It was late one Christmas Eve and I had just opened the front door to take a peek outside. Many houses along the street were still lit up. The night sky, afloat with frosted glitter, was hazy and muted. So quiet and peaceful, it was a proper silent night. A holy night.
The neighbour two doors down stood out in front of his house all bundled up. Maybe he was letting the dog out, or having a quiet smoke. Maybe he was watching for Christmas. We waved and called out Merry Christmas to one another. I could see my breath.
Even though I was weary after a full and busy day of preparations, in a twinkling I suddenly felt alive and well in my soul. I went to bed with a smile on my face and Christmas in my heart, for the 'feeling' had just whooshed in on the frosty air. I hoped my neighbour felt it too.
And so I wish you all a Merry Christmas! God bless us every one and to all a good night.
With love and hugs,