that sentiment might be true for others, but not for me. our christmas season lasts into january. our decorations stay up through epiphany, at least, but more often beyond. i'm following the example of the muppet christmas carol's character of ebenezer scrooge and keeping the christmas spirit in my heart all the year through.
my current favorite singing group, pentatonix, went platinum with their holiday album, that's christmas to me. there was a twitter hashtag and other such commotion about the title song. i spent this christmas season away from my blog and with my family and friends, embracing those moments. i hope you enjoy these little glimpses into what christmas means to me.
first, you have to listen to the song. watch the video, too. it has clips of each of the singers as children. diana calls it the mini-pentatonix song.
getting a tree: one for our family. plus one for diana. plus another for ander.
|neither cold nor rain was going to keep us from completing our mission|
|we each got antlers from the lovely young ladies at the front door of the nursery|
|dinsdale, the family tree, was initially decked out in woodland winter solstice attire especially for me|
|diana's scotch pine named biggles|
|ander's baby alberta spruce, named peace|
|dinsdale redecorated for christmas|
|i did mention it was florida, right?|
|i cannot seem to manage to look right at a phone camera for selfies. then again, i have independent suspension for my eyes, so when i am tired, they don't look in the same direction together. so that will be the story i use here.|
|everyone looks better in capes, i think|
|lovely weather for a sleigh ride together|
counting the days:
music: singing along with holiday favorites by pentatonix, nat king cole, amy grant, john denver & the muppets, mercy me, lori line, trans-siberian orchestra, charlie brown, listening to my girl perform her holiday solo for voice class
|ander asked daddy to play the twelve days of christmas for him to sing along to. so daddy did.|
games: parcheesi with family and friends
|with grandma & grandpa. we had to call the game a draw after two and a half hours|
|the Winter Solstice Fairy oversees the daleks attempting to exterminate the wild animals. as you do.|
|diana's house (under construction & remodeling)|
|steve's clock tower|
|tanya's barn & grandma's snowman in the back|
hugs: family, friends, each other.
|with uncle brian|
|and more uncle brian|
gifts: to, from, for.
|diana made this bird feeder for me out of a recycled orange juice carton|
more lights: there's no such thing as too many lights. especially if a camel is involved. at bull run, we immediately recognized samson from bar c ranch. remember that we met him at temple hall?
|steve got to ride with ander this time|
|the girls' first time on a camel|
|it was a very cold carnival at the end, but fun nevertheless|
|diana's creations. note the pirate in the center.|
|mine and ander's|