Christmas 2012

It was lovely. I hope my handful of beloved readers had a beautiful joyful Christmas. I for one am feeling much more at peace and very blessed.

I put an extra wee effort into wrapping this year.


Our city looked especially pretty this year. Sky lights on Shipquay Street.
Dublin trip with Ceeves.
Dublin trip with Ceeves.


Putting up the first tree in M’s new place. Cheap and cheerful.


Buttons loving it straight away.


Mistletoe! First time ever! It was a bit under-used. Ha.
Loved the Royal Mail stamps for Christmas.


Here’s something profound and comforting I read in my parents’ ‘Irish Get Up and Go Diary 2013.’


I salute you. I am your friend, and my love for you goes deep.  There is nothing I can give you which you have not. But there is much, very much, that, while I cannot give it, you can take. No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take heaven! No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instant.

Take peace! The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy. There is radiance and glory in darkness, could we but see.  And to see, we have only to look. I beseech you to look!

Life is so generous a giver. But we, judging its gifts by their covering, cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard. Remove the covering, and you will find beneath it a living splendor, woven of love by wisdom, with power. Welcome it, grasp it, and you touch the angel’s hand that brings it to you.

Everything we call a trial, a sorrow or a duty, believe me, that angel’s hand is there. The gift is there and the wonder of an overshadowing presence. Your joys, too, be not content with them as joys. They, too, conceal diviner gifts.

Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty beneath its covering, that you will find earth but cloaks your heaven. Courage then to claim it; that is all! But courage you have, and the knowledge that we are pilgrims together, wending through unknown country home.

— Fra Giovanni


Christmas party at M's. So fun. Love my friends. (Not all pictured!)
Christmas party at M’s. So fun. Love my friends. (Not all pictured!)
My lovely friend A’s superior wrapping with hand crafted decorations.



Santa brought me some books, exactly like some of the first I ever had. I may have teared up in the middle of my pile in the living room.
Santa brought me some books, exactly like some of the first I ever had. I may have teared up in the middle of my pile in the living room. Their familiarity and the nostalgia takes my breath away. 


Annual McCallion Christmas photo. Love those guys.


 Thank you family, friends and internet friends for making my Christmas special. Happy belated Christmas from me, and us. May we take the Christmas spirit with us into 2013.


Author: Fiona

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