The family Christmas tree that sparkled and shimmered during the Christmas season is finding new life, not as compost around the village of Plover but as a resting place for the birds who visit the "sauna" and bird feeders on our back deck. I've spent most of today packing away Christmas decorations including the Dept 56 villages. After countless trips past the window I finally decided the Fraser replanted on the deck was my creative moment for the day.
While it doesn't have the heady aromatic sensation of a balsam, if you bruise the needles the sensation is the same. After the busy-ness of the Christmas and New Year season, I'm reminded that now is the time to take a breath, relax and enjoy the winter season. After the color, sound and smells of the past six weeks - a return to the simple and uncluttered is just what I need.
"Christmas Past." Digital Image. January 7, 2013. Original photograph privately held by
Cindy Bergeron Scherwinski (c) 2013