drum circle tea….

I love to give
so keeping Christmas
is my passion in it’s glory
but it used to stress me to tears
and stir a sort of performance anxiety
that made Christmas an event to be conquered,
Now,  even with just a few dollars in my pocket,
it is joy

sitting near the flame until love burns  hot
and pours down over creativity,
waiting while it steeps,
and breathing in the steam,
until I’m in love with all these lives
growing in my garden,
and sipping the hot tea of it all
till it warms my belly
and sets my soul to twinkling

Now Christmas becomes like the watering I so enjoy,
a moisture bath of goodness to pour on generous
and oh the peace that settles over me
as I hum and cluck over these sacred spaces,
each beautiful priceless heart.

I feel invited to enter a drum circle
help play the rhythm of heaven
for the heart of someone I love.

Could there be anything sweeter in this whole wide world?

 I’m starting my Christmas shopping today.
Yes,  I really did wait this long and usually do.
I’m terrible at holding gifts until Christmas….always end up
giving them early,  bursting with the surprise.
Everything I collect is inevitably gone by December.
So I’ve been tucking my little business
in for the winter,
making the tea,  and I’m  ready to enter the drum circle.


I wish you wonder these busy days of preparation.
Be sure to save room for miracles!


  1. Just Be Real on December 10, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Lovely Jen. Thank you for sharing.

  2. jean on December 10, 2012 at 6:49 am

    i’m right there with you, enjoying every single sweet moment…we just had a huge snowfall and it is delightful…just in the nick of time for a white christmas…i treat myself to german stollen with my coffee every day in december…that is my breakfast…i do a little each day and do not allow stress anymore…simple is best…tea is a necessity…enjoy enjoy enjoy, you of lovely words…

  3. rachel awes on December 10, 2012 at 7:04 am

    yesss…still shopping to do here too!
    thank you for that last line about saving room for miracles…
    it took my breath away!
    raising my tea cup to you w/love always, xoxoxx.

  4. Louise G. on December 10, 2012 at 7:48 am

    There are miracles
    no special room
    just the wonder and awe
    you radiate
    as you enter the circle
    your heart
    a beautiful tattoo
    of Love.

    Blessings on your days of getting ready my friend.

    I like your kind of holding the season!

  5. Suzanne McRae on December 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Beautiful, peaceful words during this Christmas season. I really enjoyed this. xo

  6. Lynn Fisher on December 10, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    And may your days be merry and bright as well!
    Luckily I have now gotten with the shopping in earnest…but I did actually make a few tummy fifty things this year for gifts and found that to be the most fun of all. Like you, I can’t wait to give!

  7. Julia Bourque on December 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Sweet Jennifer, thanks for your warm comments, very heart warming on a snowy day.

    Your Christmas Spirit is as bright as your art, always spreading joy and a breath of fresh air. I always feel a release as I read your blog post, a sense of serenity…. You must put a lot of thought in your work.You enrich my live each time I visit.

    God’s Blessings on you.

  8. Lynn on December 10, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Christmas is sneaking up on me fast! Finally put the tree up, still need to decorate it. Ah yes. The gifts. Perhaps I should start my shopping as well.


  9. Michele Bergh on December 10, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Beautiful post. I’m looking forward to a holiday spent with family, focused on new beginnings.

  10. Bren on December 11, 2012 at 6:21 am

    A wonderful mindset and so beautifully expressed! A heart at peace with life is full of music and you my friend make the most wonderful of sounds. Enjoy your shopping and keep those secret surprises till the big reveal !

  11. Lindsay on December 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Ohhh drum circles! I ‘m very curious about your experience. Know the problem of giving gifts,
    all the time and Christmas deadlines lol! 🙂 Wishing you great holidays!

    Warm hugs,

  12. Barbara b on December 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Your words fill me with the joy of Christmas, Jennifer! This is exactly how I feel about it, and long for the time to savor it, so I’ve learned to ignore the things that cause me stress and refuse to follow any ‘rules’. Thank you for this. I’m like you – if I try to buy early, I give early.

  13. Behind The Smile on December 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Jennifer you have such a beautiful heart. God Bless.

  14. Rainfield (雨田) on December 12, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Though I never celebrate Christmas, I am overwhelmed with you emotion.

  15. Jennifer {StudioJRU} on December 12, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Love, love, love these images, Jennifer! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas season! xo

  16. Connie Smiley on December 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    That’s lovely, Jennifer! I’ll save room for some miracles, and pray for some for you, too. Thanks, as always, for your kind and poetic comment.

  17. Judy Hartman on December 13, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    You are a very sweet person, Jennifer. Fortunate are those who are part of your life!
    Yes, I too used to feel “performance anxiety” before Christmas, but now trust that everything will be fine as long as love guides me in my preparations and gift choices.
    I usually read your posts when they first appear on your blog, then take time to think about them and return for a second reading and a comment. Your way with verse is just magical, and your heart is enormous.

  18. kathryn on December 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    right back at you Jennifer…i wish you the merriest of holidays!! and thanks for the reminder of staying open to miracles!!!

  19. Kel Creates on December 14, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    you know, the way you write of xmas here, i never experienced
    until we had our first white xmas in Canada
    then it was like – Xmas makes sense in this climate
    not in a suburnt country 🙂

    may you enjoy creating and being part of memory-making moments with you and yours

  20. S. Etole on December 16, 2012 at 4:32 am

    For all the colorful beauty you share in both thought and image, I thank you.

  21. jeanie on December 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Yes, Christmas used to stress me to tears, too — and generally there is one outbreak before the holiday ends — generally, I think because of grief and anniversaries more than holiday stress, but they mix up together and your resistance wears down. Oddly enough this year I am not stressed. I’m not ahead — in fact, we were on vacation for a week and the stress before at work and after there is the only bit that takes time and mental energy. Here, I am filled with joy to do what I can as best as I can and make sure the most important things are done first. And those include spending time with those I love. And it feels so good!

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