Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present

The Frick Collection at Christmas, 2013
This was one of my favorite posts of all-time. I thought I'd written it last year, but actually it's from 2013. It's been on mind and since I am sick again -- cough, cough. cough -- I'm not running around very much and taking new pictures to post. For those who weren't friends of Buttercupland in 2013 it's a new post and for everyone else, I hope I'm not repetitive.

The post is about my feelings about the Christmas song, The Little Drummer Boy. I came to really enjoy it in 2013 and the words "I have no gifts to bring..." stood out in my mind. This year the phrase "I am a poor boy..." caught my ear. In the last year I've heard many people I know say that they have nothing to give, that they are poor, old, tired or sad, as if the only gift to give needs to be shiny or expensive or brightly wrapped. The best gifts this year were gifts of friendship, smiles, support and kindness, most of which cost very little, but meant a great deal. Dear Citizens of Buttercupland, thank you for your gifts this year. I've valued every comment, Facebook like and follow. Some might say these are all virtual, but I've had the good fortune to meet a number of my blog buddies and what gifts they are. Those I haven't met I accept the good wishes, kindness and concern demonstrated in comments. Thank you, all.

As ever, thanks for visiting and thanks for being part of Buttercupland.


Deanna Rabe said...

Those are the real and lasting gifts!

Merry Christmas Carol, and Happy Hannukkah!

Regine Karpel said...


Theresa said...

SO TRUE! The best gifts aren't wrapped in shiny paper with bows, they are felt with the heart! Have a blessed day and feel better! HUGS!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

No one likes to get a cold, and even less so this busy time of year. Hope you get well soon!

Chatty Crone said...

The best gift of Christmas is friendship and love.
I hope you feel better.

Lynda said...

So, so very sorry that your are sick again. Hope you recover quickly. It may be a virus - - but do you have sinus problems - - like allergies. I am praying they have not escalated - - but if they do, see if you need allergy testing. I had recurring bronchitis and it was due to allergies which manifested into asthma. Praying that is not your case.


the best gifts are indeed heartfelt. hope you feel better soon.

Wandering Wren said...

Hope you are feeling better soon. I reckon the best gifts are those which bring a smile. I like the Melbourne thing of wrapping a big red bow around trees out on the nature strip, it doesn't cost much and brings a smile!
Wren x

Susie said...

Carol, Bless your sweet heart. You are counting your blessings. You are so right true gifts can come without wrappings. Time is a great gift, time for friends. Blessings to you this Christmas, wishing you joy. Also a New Year of good health and happiness. xoxo, Susie