Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Merriment Chain ~ Day 19: Hanging The Stockings....

It is with a heavy and hesitant heart that I post a "merriment" post today in the wake of the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook.
There is no understanding and no words that can possibly heal at this point.
But I do believe each of us needs to reach for some inner balance and peace.
For me, that involves turning inward, Upward, and reaching for "normalcy"....routines that comfort and dull the reality.
With that in mind, I am proceeding with this post....
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The stockings have been hung (note to self:  you need to finish hooking those stockings you started half of forever ago.....)

Stockings for the furry family members (minus the Snow Dog's....his is too large to hang from the mantel....)
  


With this, the mantel is now dressed and ready for Christmas....


 (Close ups of the items on the mantel are shown in Day 16's post.....)

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This season, this little chair of mine will remain empty, except for the simple stockings....no prim dollies, no teddies, no holiday merriment.  Just a sobering remembrance of those little ones gone and the season their stockings would go unopened.

 

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13 comments:

Primitive Stars said...

So very very heartbreaking, can't believe there is such evil out there, prayers for all those families.......Robin, your mantle looks wonderful, what a beautiful fireplace, so cozy......great stocking to, hugs Francine.

prims by olde lady morgan said...

Robin,

So well said, there are no words to explain some the evil in the world, and at some point life goes on and the best way to honor is to live the best life possible and not in fear... I realize easier said then done, your tribute with the chair is prefect. hugs! OLM

frontporchprims said...

Hi Robin, I've enjoyed your post. I too have been feeling guilty about enjoying my day. I do beleive though that I will not give this person the pleasure of knowing that I stopped my Merriment because of him. I will feel sorrow and greif for so many affected by this tragedy, but that monster is not going to alter what I had already planned to do. I will just pray and cry for everyone and continue on. I hope you can understad what I am saying. I like your burlap stockings a ton:) We haven't hung ours yet. Usually they go up earlier than now, but I am thinking Christmas Eve this year.
-Steph-

bettyj said...

Your post brought tears to my eyes. I agree, we have to continue on. That is the gift we can give ourselves and others. No, we will never forget this, like we will never forget 9/11, and the other tragedies. But we can help one another smile, with our blogging. I love the chair tribute. Love it.

peggy said...

I think you have it right. There are children lost to us and it is grievous but children who remain who need our love also. They will be looking for steadfastness in our lives. Sweet little memory chair. Blessings all.

jennifer768 said...

Everything looks wonderful Robin!Such a sad time for our country.My thoughts and prayers for all.Hugs,Jen

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

I think it is important to keep on going. We are all grieving, my home has been eerily quiet, but our hearts are all with the families that lost so much. If we learn anything from this horror, it must be to take every chance we have to express our love for those who are special in our lives. I think the tribute is touching.--with a heavy heart---Jan

Karen said...

Oh robin...what a sweet post - and I love your ending....how appropriate for those little angels.
Karen

Primlish ♥ said...

Beautiful idea with your chair. It reminds me of the memorial in Oklahoma for the victims in the bombing. Powerful!
BTW, I love your burlap stockings!!!! So want some!

Rhissanna said...

Thank you for making a post that reflects our communal grief and sadness. Your little chair is a sincere and meaningful tribute to the awful events of yesterday and deserves to be adopted everywhere. Christmas blessings to you, Miss Crow.

Cindi said...

Hi Robin, The chair with the stocking is so thoughtful. I love your stockings, your furbabies have cuter stockings than I do! LOL
Thanks for sharing.
Be blessed,
Cindi

Mary said...

Surprize! Look who's peeking into Blogland today. Love the little windsor and the sentiment. Such a tragedy.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Beautiful ~ in more ways than one.
Sad, very sad.
Hugs :)
Lauren