There’s a sticky note on the wall facing my desk. On it I’ve written the five senses–smell, taste, see, hear and feel–as a reminder to include sensory details in the scenes I write.
Christmas is perhaps the most sensory of Christian festivals. So in the spirit of the season, I give you the five senses of Christmas.
Christmas is when I…
Smell roasted chestnuts in London’s Covent Garden as a December afternoon slips into evening, and shop lights spill out across rain-soaked pavements.
Taste food special to this time of year. Marzipan icing on rich fruitcake, and Tech Guy’s avocado and crab starter at Christmas lunch.
See fairy lights twinkling in homes and offices which brighten the dark winter days.
Hear a girls’ choir singing “The Holly and the Ivy,” their treble voices echoing off the soaring stone arches of a Victorian church.
Feel the roundness of the orange in the toe of my stocking on Christmas morning, English Rose cuddled into the crook of my shoulder.
But Christmas is also about emotion, bringing memories funny and poignant.
Like the Christmas the then three-year-old English Rose dropped an iron, Peter Rabbit garden ornament on her foot. After a trip to A&E determined the foot was bruised, not broken, tears were dried, and muttering about “that nasty rabbit” ensued.
Or the last Christmas we shared with my dear mom. Her festive baking filled every tin I own and the freezer too, reminding me of her loving care long after her sudden passing.
Finally, Christmas is about remembering the holiday season isn’t always happy, and reaching out to someone in need.
At this season of light and love, I wish you peace, joy and hope.
Do you have a favorite Christmas memory or other holiday tradition?