It’s the Holiday Season

This Friday begins our month long Holiday Season posts.  Each Friday we will be posting a holiday photo.  Decorations or something Christmas or holiday related.  Sit back, grab a warm drink and enjoy our holiday celebration!

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“The smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood”Richard Paul Evans

Ornaments are a huge part of Christmas in my family.  From the time my daughter was a baby I began collecting ornaments for her.  Growing up, my mom was not a very sentimental person.  This resulted in me not really owning anything from my childhood.  I guess as a kid, I never really thought much about it, but as I got older, it seemed as though something was missing.  There was nothing to look back on and remember events from my childhood.  So, I decided my daughter would most definitely have much to look back on and remember.

This particular ornament is actually from my daughter to me.  The other side of the ornament says 1998, and when I was deciding what to photograph for our first holiday photo, I decided on this ornament.  She was 7 years old when I received this ornament.  Oddly enough, I can remember the morning she gave me this ornament along with a stuffed penguin ornament, he was dressed in a red scarf and matching hat covered in glitter.  Of course he still decorates our tree.  She was so excited to give this box to me and I was equally excited to open it.

Such fond memories, not only for her but for me as well.  Each year when the ornaments were put on the tree, she would say, “remember when … mom”, it brings tears to my eyes just thinking of all those years of memories.  She is now married and she has continued the tradition with her husband.  They dated for close to 10 years before being married this summer.  She has started a collection of ornaments for her husband, and now he looks forward to receiving a new ornament each year.  I cannot wait to give her this years ornament.  I’m sure she will continue the tradition when she becomes a mom.

This is what Christmas is about, traditions.  Whether it’s an ornament, or maybe a story read to a child.  These are the memories they will remember for many years to come.

Thanks for letting me share a part of my traditions, if you have any traditions of your own, we would love to hear what they are.  Carolyn and I would love for you to visit our past posts and please sign up for our newsletter to see where our journey will lead us.  If you would like to view more of my work, please visit me here.

Until next time … Deb

My little town of Atascadero is definitely not known for its shopping. When you look hard though you’ll find some awesome little treasures over on Entrada. The one block, one way road has always been a favorite of mine. Grisanti’s Hardware, a store I loved, but is no longer there was always a place to find just about anything you need.

Today our theme is something ‘holiday’. Since I’d been there before, Time Since Remembered was my first choice to find a photo for today. As soon as I walked in the door I knew I was in the right spot. The owner was so sweet to let me take not just one, but as many photos as I wanted.

There wasn’t anything special I did with my camera settings. I just kept my aperture wide open and my ISO high. The little lights throughout the shop made everything just gorgeous.

When you’re out this holiday season, I suggest you stop in to this place that takes you back to days gone by.

Camera settings: 28-75mm at 28mm, f/2.8, ISO 800

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