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In Nature, It’s Always Christmas!

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In the woods, you’d never know it’s Christmas.

It’s quiet and still, and the crisp clean air clears the mind of all the holiday clutter and cacophony. If I didn’t know what time of year it was, there’d be nothing to set it apart from any other.

The crows are still up high in the trees waiting for word from other avian relatives that food is available nearby. Chickadees, nuthatches and titmice frolick among the lower branches, diving and swooping as they snatch at tidbits on the frozen ground.

Hawks still circle high overhead, patiently awaiting the sighting of a hapless victim, and the roots of the green growing things settle into dormancy until the earth quickens again in spring.

In the natural world, it is business as usual. But to me, it is always Christmas, as nature is free with her gifts 365 days a year!

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Photo Copyright@2014-Rachel Lovejoy

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Author: raelove1950

I've been writing personally and professionally for over 40 years, and recently started writing books for Amazon Kindle. During the last 25 years, I have also written for the Journal Tribune in Biddeford, Maine; the Maine Sunday Telegram in Portland, Maine; Current Publishing in Westbrook, Maine; and the Reporter, a weekly newspaper based in Waterboro, Maine. I recently released a book entitled "From the Urban Wilderness: Life in the Southern Maine Woods," which is a collection of essays taken from a weekly column I wrote for the Journal Tribune from 2010 to 2016. It is available from Amazon.com and CreateSpaceStore.com .

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