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Merry Christmas, friends!

Our Christmas Mantle - Dec. 2017

Our 24″ tree this year, to keep it simple.

Just a quick greeting to say I’ll be away from the blog for a few weeks to slow down and enjoy the holidays. At our home, we celebrate Advent and Christmas. Today is Christmas Eve. I have spent time throughout recent days like you probably did. Decorating, spending time with friends, seeing Christmas lights in neighborhoods, participating in holiday events, eating favorite foods and cookies, enjoying cooler temperatures, and watching movies on the Hallmark Channel and annual favorites of mine, including The Holiday. We’ve also volunteered at our church and visited with family locally and by phone. I have indulged in a long nap or two, as well. We keep it simple over here, and that takes away the stress, leaving the fun and meaning. And I have a week off from work, which is a luxury.

We wish those of you who celebrate Christmas a very merry one.

Nativity Snowflake Ornament

To my dear friends who celebrated Hanukkah, I hope it was a special and meaningful time.

If you honor African culture and traditions through your coming Kwanzaa celebration, I hope it is a time of deep connection to matters of the heart.

If you are feeling lonely at this time, or have a heavy heart due to difficult circumstances or a sense of loss, my heart goes out to you, too. May you find moments of peace, a sense of all you have enjoyed in other times of life, and a closeness in spirit with love in your life from friends and family past and present.

Landing Tree by Lindsay - Dec. 2017

Our upstairs housemates decorated a cheery tree on the landing of the stairway.

Icy Trees Entry Table - Dec. 2017

Wintry trees light the entry table.

 

Festival of Carols Program - Dec. 2017

The program from a Los Angeles Master Chorale Christmas event we enjoyed.

Christmas Cookies - Simply Irresistable 2017

Wonderful cookies, a shortbread and a gingerbread, from a local bakery, Simply Irresistible

Snow Day Cocoa & Mug - Dec. 2017

My “Snow Day” hot chocolate; mug by Lindsay & Letters

Merry Christmas from Great Niece Abby & I - Dec. 2017

Merry Christmas from my great-niece, Abby (9 months) & I!

Stay charming and merry Christmas, my friends! And to all a good night.

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