Today is the first Advent Sunday. Three more Sundays will follow, before Christmas will be here. On each Sunday, we will burn a candle. So, by the Sunday which will be followed by Christmas, all four candles will burn on our Advent wreath. Advent is the season to prepare for the Birth of Christ. But it actually originated from the ancient Celtic tradition. It has the symbolic meaning of the season leading to the Winter Solstice. Yule is upon us.
Katelynn was participating in the Parade of Lights, tonight. Unfortunately, the photo I have captured of her didn’t turn out the way I wanted it. It was too dark. Oh well! It’s not the end of the world. But I still captured some photos of the event in our community. We had a beautiful night. Sara and the neighbor’s boys collected candy from the floats. And Katelynn had a good time, marching with her band mates in the parade. The weather was nice and warm enough for Sara to be in shorts. Yeah, in Texas it is a little bit harder to get into the mood of the holidays, when it is still 70ºF (21ºC) during the days. But this suppose to change on Monday. And we will have a fire burning in the fireplace, hot cocoa, and snuggly pyjamas, while watching Christmas movies in the evenings.
Joshua loves the beautiful Christmas Season. Once, he gets used to the tree being in our house, he enjoys being around it. All these lights and ornaments look so pretty for a cat. And sometimes there is this temptation to play with them. First, Kevin and I were concerned with the cats being around the real tree. But overall, Josh’ and Chewbacca are well behaved around the Fraser Fir. Once in a while, they sniff on the branches while and decide to nap under it for a couple of hours, before it becomes boring and they move on.
November is coming to an end, soon. The last days of Autumn have arrived. My neighbor has an Ash tree in her frontyard, which always puts its golden dress on first. Then the other trees will follow to dance in the “Autumn Ball”, until the wind will take their foliage and makes them bare until the beginning of March, when they start to show their beautiful blooms. I take it all in, before it will be all gone and Winter knocks on the door.
I wanted to do a little Autumn photo session with Lexi, today. It’s her 14th birthday. But instead of being a well behaved Sheltie, Lexi decided it is more fun to run in circles and roll around in the Autumn foliage. She seems to get more stuck in her ways, at her old age. And that girl can run, when she sees the camera. Where is she still getting all this energy? I guess, competing with Luis, who gets the bigger milk bone and drinking plenty of water (which makes her pee in the house every so often), keeps this 98 doggy-year old lady alive. 😀
Happy 14th Birthday, Lexi!
Across the street, my neighbors have such a beautiful Sweet Gum tree in the frontyard. Every Autumn I wait for the leaves to change their colors, so I can capture photos of it. For the longest time, I had mistaken it for a Maple tree. Due to their seed pots, I got curious and did some research. Soon I found out, I’m not photographing a Maple, but a Autumn Sweet Gum tree all these years.
UPDATE: One of my followers requested a close up photo of a Sweet Gum seed pod. After digging in my files, I found the photo I’ve captured in 2012. Back then, I picked it up from the ground and looked at it for a bit. It reminded me of a sea urchin or a puffer fish (Mrs. Puffs).
This upcoming Saturday, Katelynn will march for the last time this season. In the meantime she’s preparing for auditions, the Christmas Concert, more auditions, daily practice, even more auditions, and not to forget: the Walt Disney World Trip on Spring Break. 🎵🎷🎺🥁🎶
This year, I wanted an elegant tree in the front room. Since the girls wanted a real tree, I’ve got some Scandinavian straw ornaments in October. The tree looks very pretty with the red, silver and green balls and the white light. It’s lovely and peaceful with the crackling fire in the background. I can’t wait for the arrival of Yuletide/Christmas.
‘Tis the season to be jolly
At the end of November, our Bradford Pear trees look so lovely with all the shades of red, orange, and gold. Their Autumn foliage reminds me of the colors of multi vitamin gummy bears. We have only a very short time of Autumn here in North Texas. Every little bit of color counts for us. And it is also the time, when it is not so hot and before the stronger cold fronts from the Arctic and Canada will come all the way south, again.
Kevin worked on installing the Christmas lights around the house, today. Sara sat on the roof and helped him with the extension cords. Once the first chains of lights were installed, Kevin, Katelynn, Sara and I shopped for a Fraser Fir tree. We also got some more Christmas decorations. Kevin will finish setting up the lights in the frontyard, tomorrow.
More photo of Christmas lights will follow as soon as everything is installed and set up.