Thursday, December 18, 2008

"hush, hush, peacefully now He slumbers"

it's almost christmas, and i keep wishing this season could last longer. it's such a magical time of year, full of goodness, cheer, and love. the christmas spirit is catching and inspiring, and not one of us immune.

matt & i spent a friday evening a few weeks ago buying christmas decorations for our apartment, including a real tree! we steered away from pine, since i'm allergic, but it turns out i'm allergic to whatever kind of fir tree we ended up purchasing. sniffle sniffle but who cares! it's christmas!we were quite proud of our design concept: bronze, gold, and chocolate colored ornaments, cinnamon-scented pine cones, and sprigs of red berries. it smells so wonderful in our apartment now, and we couldn't be happier!christmas music also fills out apartment these days, and matt has introduced me to the sufjan stevens' christmas albums, which i've fallen in love with. he does their wonderfully minimalistic versions of classic christmas songs that are filled with peace and this sense of wintery reverence. he even does a simple yet lovely rendition of "come thou fount of every blessing":

i've discovered songs i'd never heard before that he covers, including "lo how a rose e'er blooming" and "bring a torch, jeanette isabella". my favorite, however, is "the friendly beasts," which neither of us have heard elsewhere: 

"Jesus our brother, strong and good"...isn't that wonderful? if i could post mp3s on my blog, i'd totally be inundating you with a sufjan christmas, but alas, blogger has failed me. 

in other christmas news, the weather here has been up and down for the last week, reminding us that, yes, virginia, there is a winter in houston. or...somewhat of a winter. the snow last week was an incredibly surprise, and last night, we went & saw "the nutcracker" performed by the houston ballet, and as we left the theater and walked the few blocks to our car, it felt delightfully christmasy. it was chilly (but not too cold) and a dense fog was settling in, and matt remarked how it really felt like christmas. :) and hopefully, as we head north for christmas, we'll experience some downright, blistery cold and snow that wisconsin has to offer us. 

although it's been said many times, many ways
merry christmas to you


  1. Way to go getting a real tree! Inspite of allergies too!

    Also, I like the phrase "wintery reverence." Well-put!

  2. Oh how I love Sufjan. Truly. I'm so glad you've become acquainted with Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella (my FAVE) and Lo How a Rose. My family is all about lesser known carols. We always show up at parties and sing them. Caroling is my favorite part of Christmas!

  3. Classy decor. Maybe one day we'll have a tree taller than us. Or at least Ellie. Looks great.

  4. What pretty music! I will be adding to our blog's music repertoire :)