It was a very rainy and windy weekend, but for a little while today the rain stopped and I went out to run a few errands.

First stop was at the local farmer’s market which is undergoing major renovations, so it looks at once dilapidated and delightful. It’s confusing, really. I can no longer even imagine what it will look like in the end.

There was a point last year around this time when it stared to feel cozy and nice, but yesterday the makeshift roof was leaking and dripping rainwater on all the things.

I looked around for a minute at the nice, simple homemade, natural wreaths, with their red ribbons and berries, then at the winter holiday planter boxes filled with evergreen boughs, glittery twigs, ribbons and bright red ornaments (which I was coveting, if I’m being honest) and pickles (yes, that’s right) and it just felt odd, but I digress …

Where was I?

Oh, yes.

Outside, where I parked the car on the new makeshift (?) parking lot there was a table filled with plain evergreen wreaths. They were so festively fragrant I wanted to just stand there the whole time. I took a photo to try and capture it. Can’t you just about smell Christmas?

Then just before entering the building there was another table covered in these gorgeous, bright red, bunches of berries. I don’t know what these berries are, but I know I want all of them. They look so festive, don’t they? These were used in some of the wreaths and planter boxes inside the market.

I have always found the idea of a simple Christmas very appealing.

Every year we say we will keep it low key and simple and we typically do a good job of not going over the top, but when I see things like naked Christmas wreaths and – what I am going to call – winter berries, I am convinced that I would love nothing more than a house in the middle of the woods, filled with the people I love, a real Christmas tree decorated with our treasures and memories and a few homemade additions from nature, and an honest-to-goodness old fashioned Christmas.

That’s the problem with simple. It never really is, is it?

7 Comments on Christmas, Naturally.

    • Oh my word! Yes. You, me, the blog. JUMPINS!

      My weekend can be summed up in one sentence: We are experiencing technical difficulties.

      Thank you for the heads up, Sheila.

    • I wish I could.

      Maybe the rain has given me a case of the doldrums?

      The lack of daylight combined with the grey, rainy, weekend was not good. Two – TWO – missed parades. Mother of the Year, right here. *sigh*

      What is your best Christmas Tradition?

    • I love them.

      There was a little paper sign, but it had been drenched in the rain all weekend and the pertinent info was torn off. I suppose I could call.

      I love these berries. If I had a yard I would absolutely have a tree with red berries.

      I really need a yard.

  1. No, it never is A little house in the middle of the woods with everyone you love in it is great in theory. But it’s little, and it gets crowded. And where is all the food going to come from? And how many bathrooms are there? Oh, ignore me, my iron is low.

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