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Seven Days to Christmas: When Nature Does the Decorating

Seven Days to Christmas: When Nature Does the Decorating

From “Before the Ice is in the Pools” in The Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson:

Before the ice is in the pools,
  Before the skaters go,
Or any cheek at nightfall
  Is tarnished by the snow,

Before the fields have finished,
  Before the Christmas tree,
Wonder upon wonder
  Will arrive to me!

From “The Months” by Sara Coleridge in The RHS Book of Garden Verse by the Royal Horticultural Society:

Dull November brings the blast,
Then the leaves are whirling fast.
Chill December brings the sleet,
Blazing fire, and Christmas treat.

From “The Second of the Three Spirits” in A Christmas Carol and Other Writings by Charles Dickens:

“The moment Scrooge’s hand was on the lock, a strange voice called him by his name, and bade him enter. He obeyed.

“It was his own room. There was no doubt about that. But it had undergone a surprising transformation. The walls and ceiling were so hung with living green, that it looked a perfect grove, from every part of which, bright gleaming berries glistened. The crisp leaves of holly, mistletoe, and ivy reflected back the light, as if so many little mirrors had been scattered there; and such a mighty blaze went roaring up the chimney, as that dull petrification of a hearth had never known in Scrooge’s time, or Marley’s, or for many and many a winter season gone….

“Heaped up on the floor, to form a kind of throne, were turkeys, geese, game, poultry, brawn, great joints of meat, sucking-pigs, long wreaths of sausages, mince-pies, plum-puddings, barrels of oysters, red-hot chestnuts, cherry-cheeked apples, juicy oranges, luscious pears, immense twelfth-cakes, and seething bowls of punch, that made the chamber dim with their delicious steam. In easy state upon this couch, there sat a jolly Giant, glorious to see; who bore a glowing torch, in shape not unlike Plenty’s horn, and held it up, high up, to shed its light on Scrooge, as he came peeping round the door.”


  1. My favorite, A Christmas Carol, is with George C Scott playing Scrooge. I never realized how the second spirit in the poem is so perfectly portrayed in this movie. And now I have a taste for a seething bowl of punch. But oh!!! Your pictures are amazing and beautiful.

    1. Dale

      Thank you!

      I think you’re right about the George C. Scott version; it’s the one I remember most too. In 2019, FX Networks release a new version on Hulu starring Guy Pearce. I started watching that one, and it was very well-produced but kinda boring… I dozed off halfway through which I took as a bad sign. Maybe I’ll try again this year…..

      Thanks for the comment!

    1. Dale

      Thanks! I took these in November with some of my other autumn photos, but saved this batch till now because they all (especially the back-lit ones) looked like Christmas decorations to me!

      Thanks for the comment!

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