The rhythm of a simple home


A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices. 

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The season of Advent is upon us and this first week is to be full of hope.

Every year, since I could ever remember, my mum has an Amaryllis at Christmas.

My sister in her house, and me in my house have continued this tradition.

We plant them in a bit of soil and some garden rocks just before Thanksgiving and 

 we wait as the first tender shoots begin to emerge from its dark bulb.

Each in our own homes, apart this year, but full of hope that by Christmas the stems will have grown

tall and strong and at least one large full flower will blossom. 

Our homes are dressed for the season. Beauty and cheer fill each dark corner with light.


Here where I live there has been a request sent forth on all kinds of social media that on Christmas Eve,

At six o’clock in the evening each person shall stand in their own doorway and ring a bell for two minutes.

This is to say to one another that though we may not be gathered together in the way we are used to or in the way we would like to be, we are not alone!

You may be isolated, elderly, filled with sorrow, encompassed by great loss and yet you will hear 

The bells on Christmas Day.

Open up your heart and hear them

Peace on earth goodwill to men.

And hope for a weary world.

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  1. Hello,

    I hope you have a lovely blooming Amaryllis. They are beautiful! I wish you a blessed Advent Season. The ringing of the bells is a great idea, though we are separated we are not alone.
    Take care, have a happy new week!

  2. Blessed Advent season! My mother has a yard full of Amaryllis flowers. They are so gorgeous.
    I love the idea of ringing bells at the same time. We all need hope, especially now.
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

  3. A lovely tradition of planting. Happy first Monday of Advent


  4. Thank you for this hopeful Post, the lovely poem at least. I I have tears in my eyes, it's true, we can find some good things in spite of the darkness nowadays. Stay healthy and well.

    Happy MosaicMonday

  5. So glad to see you again at Mosaic Monday, and with such a touching post. A fabulous tradition. My sister in Texas has a green thumb for Amaryllis and I love seeing the glorious, strong blooms. Life persists despite the overwhelming obstacles! And I love the idea of ringing a bell on Christmas Eve!

  6. I love the idea of the bells! :)

  7. Nice to see a bit of green! Thanks for sharing the beginning of Advent. Have a great week. Sylvia D.


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