Wednesday, December 2, 2015

IWSG Blog Hop - December 2, 2015

Christmas is special to me because my parents were married on Christmas Eve. They're both gone now, but around 10p.m. every December 24th, I open a window and listen. The stores are closed, the shoppers have gone home, the streets are empty, and there's nothing to hear but a wonderful silence. That's when my mind drifts back to the village church in England where the ceremony took place and I try to imagine what it must have been like...

The church is lit by candles and decorated with holly, ivy and pine branches. My Dad has on his best navy blue suit, and he's waiting near the altar while the choir sings It Came Upon A Midnight Clear. Then there's my mom, walking up the aisle, wearing a knee-length cream satin dress, a matching veil, pale yellow satin shoes and a bouquet of miniature bronze chrysanthemums. Not like the extravagant weddings of today, just a simple ceremony for two people who loved one another so much.

St. Mary-le-Moor, Cadmore End, Bucks

Happy Christmas, Happy Holidays, and  all the best for a wonderful 2016.

Christiane France

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  1. My parents were married in a small, quiet ceremony, too. I'm so glad my young cousins have opted for smaller affairs with the emphasis on the marriage, not the party and the photo album.

  2. What a lovely tradition you have adopted, Christiane. Those moments of solitude and shared memories must feel incredible. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas season and all the very best for 2016.

  3. When I was a child I was always asking my mom to tell me about her wedding. I guess that's why I still remember all the details.

  4. A beautiful tradition. Thank you for sharing. Have a happy Christmas and a great new year.