2018

Christmas Eve 2018

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On Christmas Eve, we all finally can take it easy. Santa is with his reindeer and his big sleigh full of presents on his way. Right now, he’s probably over Western Russia or Eastern Europe, while I write this. I hope, he brings me lots of health for 2019. This year was a bit rough for me.

The girls went with Kevin to see “Small Foot” in the Cinema, this morning. And all what is left, Sara and I have to prepare some reindeer food. We use “Fruity Pebbles” cereal and add some glitter to it. Maybe Rudolph “steals” another carrot out of our garden, tonight. Who knows? 😉 He’s very welcome to have a healthy snack. The reindeer, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen are welcome as well. I should make it a tradition, growing carrots for Christmas. 😀

Kevin and I also celebrate being 18 years together, today. It’s another reason, why Christmas Eve and Christmas is extra special in our house. ❤

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Kevin and I celebrated our first Christmas together, back in 2000.

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2018

One More Week Until Christmas (2)

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“Mom, one week is sooo long away!”

Christmas is one week away, and I finally wrapped the presents. When Sara came home from school, she was so excited seeing some packages under the tree. But this evening, she looked at the tree and said: “Mom, one week is sooo long away!” “Yes, my dear! One week can be long. But you will have a lot of fun in the meantime. And then, one morning you’ll wake up, and Santa was here”, I replied.

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2018

The Last Days of Autumn 2018

This morning, the day started out frosty. But it became a very nice, sunny afternoon. Usually, Autumn stays around all the way into mid to late December, here in North Texas. But recent high winds blew most of the colorful leaves off the trees, early on. Only a few trees are left with some Autumn foliage. One is the neighbor’s Sweet Gum tree, I photographed last months. The crape myrtles opened their pods to release their seeds. And the Chinese Tallow has beautiful white berries, which usually attract many birds; however mainly the neighborhood doves seem to go crazy for them.

Marlena, the Mockingbird, looks for berries and seeds in our yard. By 3:20 pm, she sits on the Christmas deer antlers and waits for Sara to come home from school. Once Sara greets her and walks into the house, Marlena goes back to her insect hunting in our yard.

2018

Saint Nicholas Day 2018

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Happy St. Nicholas Day!

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2018

Joshua Loves The Christmas Season

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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.

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2018

Christmas Straw Ornaments

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

2017

Christmas Day

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“HO-HO-HO! Merry Christmas!”

Merry Christmas!

May your holidays be happy days,
Filled with love and laughter.
And may each day bring joy your way
in the year that follows after!

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2017

A Peanuts-style Christmas (1)

Kevin always wanted an outdoor Christmas theme with the Peanuts. Several years ago we looked for a Charlie Brown Christmas pre-lit yard decoration, with no success. We found Snoopy and took him home, instead. The following year, we had much more success. Finally we found Charlie in a local home improvement store. Since then we decorate the front tree with some lights and one Christmas ornament. We call it “our personal little Charlie Brown Christmas Tree”. Maybe we will add more Peanuts characters in the future.

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It seems like that Santa has to fix Snoopy, again. 😉
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Ha, an elf must have shown up to fix Snoopy and the lights at the boxwood bush, when we were asleep. 😉
2017

The Christmas Tree Ball

One particular Christmas ornament caught my eye over the last few weeks. And I always wanted to photograph it. Tonight I was bored watching the same comedy episodes, again.  And it rains like “cats and dogs”, anyway. I pulled out my camera, and started with my little project. Now, I’m happy I’ve got that done.

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I finally captured a longtime exposure of this Christmas ornament, I was eye-balling throughout the season.