Christmas Imagination

Updated: Mar 30

"Christmas is best pondered, not with logic, but with imagination. Max Lucado

"Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?" Anne of Green Gables

A random tree that someone in the neighborhood decorates every year

I tend to live my everyday life within the bounds of logic and realism. In my younger times, I was very "spiritual", my head in the spirit realm more often than not but always a foot in reason and logic. I've been told by new age spiritual teachers I needed to let go of my need for constant rationalism and logic; to let go of explaining everything away or I will never grow spiritually. I could never completely do that... I'm a realist. However, I have had lots of practice of faith in something when I would find coins and feathers and immediately knew it was Alysia. I refused to allow any sort of " logic " flood through me during my times of grieving. Those little coin-finding events helped me get through the hardest time of my life. I have faith in an afterlife and no one is going to talk me out of it!

“Faith is not logical. But it isn’t illogical either. Faith is theological. It does not ignore reality; it just adds God into the equation.” Mark Batterson

These posts have been quite spiritually based, haven't they? I wasn't expecting that at all when I started this blog! Yet,I must go with what I need to express at the time. I had all intentions of having a beautiful blog post this time, full of Christmas feels and beautiful eye candy...but...

Our contractor contacted us and renos have begun. That's right, two weeks before Christmas! We were thinking they wouldn't start until after Christmas but when a contractor tells you to jump, you don't hum and harr over it. You jump and ask how high. If we stretch that necessary Christmas-imagination really far and wide, we could imagine the drywall dust all over the house to be a nice light dusting of cheerful holiday snow. The workers are moving fast and furious in our upstairs area. Floors ripped up and walls gone in a matter of two days.

New doors, trim, floors and bathroom in the works

A beautiful shed built in a few days. They are efficient!

So needless to say, this really put a damper on my cozy little Christmas ideas and plans I had. We did put up our tree and I made a wreath for the front of the house.

This is what I dried the orange slices for. I added berry picks and pinecones I foraged.

I also added little faery lights!

I had plans for lots of Christmas baking but I felt the flavour of dry wall dust would ruin the baked goods! No amount of Christmas-imagination will change that situation.

Surprisingly we have had a few decent snow falls in the past few weeks. Often it melts the next day though; but still, it’s nice to see snow fall before Christmas!

Even in the city you can find a peaceful patch of nature. With great “scope of imagination” (Anne of Green Gables) The snow makes everything look beautiful and dampens the city sounds.

I need a better night time picture taking camera.

I had finished 10 different little stitches into ornaments and I love them on our tree.

I know I showed this in my previous post 😊

It is so important to me to have a beautiful view out the windows. I imagine our tiny townhouse to be a cottage in the woods. It is still a work in progress (garden-wise) to achieve my perfect view goals. The above photos are our back window’s view and the picture below is our kitchen window view. It is hard in a city to achieve the illusion of a secluded country view but I’m determined.

Sorry for the glare in the window!

This is the front yard with the Christmas lights.

And our side yard

I am sorry I didn’t have more crafty or baking things to show you. Blame it on our contractor! I will write again after Christmas. I hope we will have good progress on our renovations by my next post! Follow me on my Instagram account @Littlesparrowsurbancottage for more up to date posts in the meantime!

I wish you grace and peace and much Christmas-imagination over the holidays.



p.s. All the soaps and charcuterie boards have sold! Thank you to all. Keep an eye out for new products in the shop. I will also update any shop additions in the blog.

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