December 29, 2011

christmas day.

We literally went over the river and through the woods to get to Radley's grandmother's house on Christmas Day—and even though I forgot my camera, I did manage to snap a few pictures on my phone so that I could share the stunning view from her deck. Incredible, isn't it?

Her home was one of the first things that Radley ever told me about, and even now his whole demeanor relaxes when he talks about it. Over the past few years I, too, have come to appreciate its magic. There's a beautiful parlor filled with hand-carved antiques, sepia family portraits lining the walls, a wood shop, a garden, a painted playhouse, an authentic cuckoo clock, and the feeling that at any moment, you may just discover that you're standing inside a storybook. It's charming and enchanting and all the things that you imagine a grandmother's house should be.

Spending Christmas there felt surreal in the best of ways, and although I certainly found myself missing my friends and family, the breathtaking view made it much, much easier to appreciate all the blessings and the wonderful company I did enjoy that day.

And never before had I watched the sun set on Christmas, white or icy blue being the only colors that ever filled the Chicago sky during the holidays. As yellow turned to orange turned to pink, though, and as purple eventually spread itself across the sky, I decided that it's a tradition I could get used to. After all, Christmas sunsets carry double the magic, double the miracle—and there's nothing quite like a miracle to remind us what the holiday's really all about. 

5 comments:

I do, I do. said... [Reply to comment]

WOw!! Superb photos!! Hope you enjoyed!! :)

siddathornton said... [Reply to comment]

what a gorgeous place to spend christmas. i'm so glad you got to see a christmas sunset - it really is doubly magical.

Nicole Marie said... [Reply to comment]

wow that sunset is incredible! where is this? marin?

♥Abby said... [Reply to comment]

Oh wow, what a breathtaking view! I would've taken so many pictures without meaning to. I love sunsets.
Glad your Christmas went great!
Have a wonderful New Years :)

♥Abby

Mateus Lopes said... [Reply to comment]

it must be an amazing place to spend holidays :D hope u had a great christmas, happy 2012!!!