"...so just step inside the gate...."
"Trust in dreams for in them is the gate to eternity."
"Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate."
"I took the road less traveled by. And that has made all the difference.."
(Jesus, old Gospel song, Kahill Gibran, J.R.R. Tolkein, Robert Frost.)
While every day, and perhaps every step, opens or shuts metaphorical gates in our lives, as we choose one option or another, perhaps no one season symbolizes that more than the Christmas season and the looming end of the year.
Gates always grab attention, especially in the rural landscapes where they mark boundaries and journeys, hinting of mysteries or stories to tell as time passes.
They beckon, they invite. They welcome, if not in person, in imagination, in spirit.
Definitely seven days 'til Christmas.