Happy holidays!

Christmas is come and every hearth
Makes room to give him welcome now
E’en want will dry its tears in mirth
And crown him wi’ a holly bough
Tho tramping ‘neath a winters sky
O’er snow track paths and rhymey stiles
The huswife sets her spining bye
And bids him welcome wi’ her smiles
Each house is swept the day before
And windows stuck wi’ evergreens
The snow is beesom’d from the door
And comfort crowns the cottage scenes
Gilt holly wi’ its thorny pricks
And yew and box wi’ berrys small
These deck the unus’d candlesticks
And pictures hanging by the wall …read more

Christmas by John Clare

Come bring the noise,
My merry, merry boys,
The Christmas log to the firing;
While my good dame, she
Bids ye all be free,
And drink to your heart’s desiring. …read more

Come bring the noise by Robert Herrick

Happy holidays, Risky friends.

Pictures: decorations at Riversdale House Museum

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12 years ago

I’m not sure the “snow is beesomed from my door” yet, but nonetheless, best wishes for a happy holiday to all.

12 years ago

Happy holidays Riskies!!! As a note: I have a copy of Carolly Erickson’s The Secret Life of Josephine I’m willing to mail to out or to offer in a trade. Any interested parties should e-mail: Jane Austen at mrdarcyatpemberley@gmail.com

Jane George
12 years ago

Lovely pics!
Merry, merry everyone.

Jane George
12 years ago

PS I have a cinnamon “besom” that is relegated to the porch until it mellows out a bit.
Then I can bring it inside, the house will smell good, but no one will keel over.

But as for snow and branches, I improvised:

12 years ago

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas! 🙂


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