I always took pictures of our household once it was set up, just in case something ever happened during a future move; and after seven international moves everything worked out just fine – here’s our piano in the living room.
Looking back now over so many years, these pictures serve as reminders of how and where we lived through the years – helping to bridge the gaps in my memory as I get older – because a picture allows you to relive an experience from years ago as if it had only happened yesterday.
The Christmas pyramid on our coffee table was ready to light on Christmas Eve, and I always savor the anticipation of new seasonal changes like Advent – because they give us a sense of purpose beyond the simple changing dates of the calendar.
Our living room was very cozy in this farmhouse, and the most interesting observation is that even with the same furniture pieces placed in a different house the feeling is completely changed – because the new setting makes everything feel fresh and unique again.
It never ceased to amaze me after a move once our new house was set up, that everything actually somehow, “magically” arrived and was now, “just like before” but in a completely new environment – as if waking up from a dream that had been our old life in the previous setting.
The best way for me to describe my feelings for the season of Advent is to use my favorite German word, “Gemutlich” or “Gemutlichkeit” – which means cozy, warm, inviting, comfortable, safe and secure to me.
The entire feeling of Advent for me really starts just a few days prior to Advent at Thanksgiving, and the unfolding of Christmas Eve through the twelve days of Christmas on Three Kings Day on January 6th is still exciting for me today – without any emphasis on receiving presents – here the lights of our Christmas tree reflect into our antique mirror.
Every Christmas I take pictures of the Christmas tree lights or candles that are reflected in our antique mirror, as if looking into a vision of Christmas that only exists deep inside the mirror – pulling you in to follow.
The antique mirror is like a deep reflecting pool of a vision of Christmas that only seems to appear somewhere behind the mirrored glass – if you expand the photo you can see the details of the angels and lights of our Christmas tree.
This final reflection in the antique mirror is of Christmas Eve, complete with presents under the tree; which will arrive in the next post titled, “Christmas Eve in Albersbach, Germany” – reminding us all of the virgin birth of Jesus to Mary and Joseph, over 2000 years ago in a manger in Bethlehem – as our Savior, Christ the Lord.