Silent Sunday: December 1


“It is December,

and nobody asked if I was ready.”


Sarah Kay



“I followed the footprints

until they stopped in front of a very old mysterious tree

– a grandfather tree”


James Barbato



“Find the sweetness in this holiday season.

Embrace the endless love that surrounds you.”


Amy Leigh Mercree



“A gift for the holidays?

A holiday is a gift in itself.”


Ljupka Cvetanova



“I heard a bird sing in the dark of December.

A magical thing. And sweet to remember.

We are nearer to Spring than we were in September.

I heard a bird sing in the dark of December.”


Oliver Herford



“Now is the time of fresh starts.

This is the season that makes everything new.

There is a longstanding rumor that Spring is the time of renewal….

Spring is too busy, too full of itself, too much like a 20-year-old

to be the best time for reflection, re-grouping, and starting fresh.

For that you need December. …

December has the clarity, the simplicity,

and the silence you need

for the best FRESH START of your life.”


Vivian Swift



Photos by Woodland Gnome
the orchid tree can be found at The Great Big Greenhouse
at Huguenot and Robious Roads, Chesterfield County VA



“From a little spark may burst a flame.”

Dante Alighieri


About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

3 responses to “Silent Sunday: December 1

  1. Thank you for the poem and I liked the decorations so much..

  2. Love the Vivian Swift poem – has inspired me this morning.

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