Merrymaking

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In the mornings, I listen to her waking up. She hums and talks to herself in her baby language. Da-dee-dee. DA-dee-dee. Outside it's still black and cold. The lights from the baby monitor, the alarm clock glow in the dark. I listen to her: Hmm-hmm-hmm, hmm-hmm-hmm. The first six notes of "Jingle Bells," over and over. I hum the rest to myself, smiling. Eventually she insists — HMM HMM HMM! — and I know it's only a minute or two until it's a flat-out squawk — Come and get me now, people! I got you, babe. I am here.

These bright, brisk days the house fills with her sounds. The humming, the chatting, the thumping of the walking, the thumping of the dropping of things, the sliding of chairs across rug, across wood, the bongo drums, the tiny piano, the jingle bells that she shakes and bangs, the stumbling, the falling, the crying, the giggling, the chasing of the dog, the banging of spoons on trays, the banging of blocks on gates, the clatter of the tin cake-carrier when she drops it (favorite thing to carry around), the bubble-blowing, the singing, the questioning, the humming, the dear, sweet, jolly blah-blah of babydom, and oh, my stars, oh, oh how I love it so.

I wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a wonderful week of peace and tenderness, and simple pleasures wherever you find them. I hope joy comes to you, and your family, and your friends, and your animals in this wintertime, and I hope there are wonders, too, and wishes that come true. I hope you get to give a kid a great present, walk in the snow, go ice skating, see the city lights, sit in front of a crackling fireplace, or hold a sleeping baby. I hope you find magic in the season, especially in the moments when you least expect it. Thank you for being a part of our lives this year, and, from all of us Paulsons, I wish you much love and happiness. Merry, merry Christmas to you.

Xoxoxoxoxo,
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154 comments

Merry Christmas to you and your precious family.

Merry Christmas and a wonderfilled New Year!!

Merry Christmas to all of you.

The best of Christmases to you all, and a joy-filled New Year!

And a merry merry Christmas and joyful New Year to you as well! Thank you for always sharing such beautiful moments with us. xo

Merry Christmas to your family too. Thank you for sharing your life with us and for all your inspiration! Sending my love.

Merry Christmas and thank you for all you share!

How we've enjoyed your blog and all of the adventures this past year. Wishing you a wonderful holiday! xoxo

You lovely person.....thank you for giving us so much to feel happy about......
Merry Christmas to you and yours....xxx

May our dreams continue to come true; may the love we share return to us thousandfold; may each step we take lead the way to Peace.

Thank you for sharing with us this year! Merry Christmas to you all!

Merry Christmas to you as well. Thank you for your sweet, beautiful blog.

Exquisite photos! Happy holidays you to all of and thank you for your lovely blogging.

Rosie Miner says: December 23, 2013 at 06:26 PM

Blessings to you all!
Merry Christmas!!

What a joy you and your family are to watch! Merry Christmas to you and yours and thank you for reminding me what really matters in this crazy life!

Merry Christmas beautiful Paulson family!

Have yourself..a Merry Little Christmas too:-)

Merry Christmas, Alicia, to you and Andy and Amelia and the puppers and the kitters. Thank you for sharing your cozy, gentle, beautiful world with us - you delight and inspire and encourage all the time. Have a beautiful, blessed time - it is Christmas Eve here in New Zealand and I can hear the church bells ringing.

Thank you Alicia for your warm wishes for a happy Christmas. Sending you and your family the same and all the best from my cozy place beside the fire in Canada. xo

Merry Christmas to all of you!! Thank you for the joy and peace you bring to all of our lives with this wonderful space you have created. Thank you for sharing your joy!
I'm off to paint a wooden toy barn for a couple little cuties!

Merry Christmas!!! Much love to all of you!!!

Merry Christmas...your blog is a source of consistent beauty to me. You never hit a discordant note and I think it is because of your generosity of spirit and constant search for the best in life. Thank you...from one of the shy ones....

Merry, merry Christmas to you and your lovely family!!! Thanks for being here, and sharing your wonderful life with us! You are a special gift to all of us!

A very Merry Christmas to the three of you! Enjoy it all. :)

Hope you all have the happiest of holidays!

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com

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Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.