Holiday Happenings

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas . . .

We are closing in on the end of December.  It always seems that time goes by so much quicker with each year.  Either I’m getting older or time is just simply going faster. Or both?

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Friday’s theme for the month of December is something holiday or decoration related. Yesterday we had the first dusting of snow where I live.  Now, I am not a fan of winter or snow, but I must admit it does make for some beautiful photographs.  I was outside at 6:30 yesterday morning, no coat, slippers and camera in hand.  Although you can’t actually see much snow, what I did notice was the beauty of our tree peeking through the blinds in the sun room.

So, the decision to photograph the tree was made.  Our tree this year is not a live tree as in years past, we opted to buy an artificial tree and quite honestly, I could not be happier with it.  The ease of it, the perfect shape and just the sheer beauty of it, is really sort of amazing.  I know, some of you are probably shaking your heads, why would they opt to buy an artificial tree, but given our schedules, it was just easier and the upkeep is much less too.  I still love a real tree and maybe we can go back to having a live tree, but for now this fits our lives perfectly!

The lights sparkled just so beautifully in the predawn hours, I couldn’t resist taking a few photographs to share with all of you.  This room is my favorite room in our home and if you look closely you can see my stencil on the top wall which says “Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much”, it is one of my favorite sayings.  As I peeked into the room I couldn’t help but notice the life that is lived in that room and in our home.  The wicker furniture, given to us by my sister-in-law as a wedding gift, the Christmas cards received hanging on the pantry doors and our possessions which were so visible, to me, represent the life lived and love in my home.  Merry Christmas to everyone …

Until next time … Deb

The shimmering gold, heart shaped ornament topped with a with a crown says it all to me. Jesus Christ was sent to us, because of God’s love for us, as a new born babe, but also as a King, our King and the Savior of the World.

It’s the simple story of Christmas so many take for granted in this busy season of decorating, gift giving and parties. We’re reminded of this truth in the carols we sing  …

The First Noel the angel did say
Was to certain poor shepherds
in fields as they lay;
In fields as they lay, keeping their sheep,
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

And this one …
God rest ye merry gentlemen let nothing you dismay, remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day to save us all …

And this …
O holy night the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth

I hope the rest of the words to these songs play around in your head today and that you experience the true meaning of Christmas this season!

See you on Sunday … so you know, at the first of the year we will be cutting back on our posts so if you feel overwhelmed right now by email, just hang on. 😉 For more of my work you can click here.


Camera settings: 85mm, 1/750, f/2.8, ISO 1250

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