Tuesday, December 3, 2013

THE SEASON OF MAGIC BEGINS

Just stopping by to say hello and hoping that all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I had the great privelege of being in Illinois with my family, and we had a wonderful time!  The only hard part of it was the 15 hour drive both coming and going... but much much cheaper than flying, and not so bad with several people driving. Of course I took alot of photos, but especially wanted to share this last photo with you. There is just something.... not sure what... that totally fascinates me, and I even printed it up and put it in my journal that I just started for the holidays.
    This shot was taken out on my 'sisters' patio which is where we always have our Thanksgiving dinner. It is such an inviting place to me, always so cozy with the wood stove, and all of the windows which open right in to the outdoors, which makes you almost feel as if you are outside. She had all of her Christmas decorations up, and I love in this shot how the lights reflect out in to the approaching nightime. To me, this somehow captures the mystical nature of Christmas, and this holiday season. Perhaps it takes me back to when I was a little girl and loving decorating our home with the lights. There is just something so cozy and homey these lights are.  There is something also which is magical about the Christmas holidays... Something that is not present any other time of the year.  So now the Christmas season begins in earnest! I am so thankful that I am totally done with my Christmas shopping, and can just sit back and look for special things to do for this season. I do a special Christmas journal every year, and try to focus on finding special things that I can do for people that I love , or people that are really in need. Hope that all of you had a wonderful weekend, and are looking forward to the Christmas season! Hugs to all of you from Texas!

12 comments:

  1. i'm so glad you were able to make the trip home! (and ahead of the storm system!)

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  2. I'm glad you had a good time. That is a lot of traveling. Whew.

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  3. I can see the magic in your photo, Jeanne! I love your candle tray, too - so woodsy and special. It is lovely that you were able to spend the holiday with loved ones - it makes that long journey worth while. I love your thoughts on the season and the special way you keep the spirit of Christmas. So lovely. Hugs xo Karen

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  4. I love both the shots but you are right that last one is one of those "special" ones. Glad you are home safe and had a great holiday.

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  5. It reflects "home" in such a warm way.

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  6. Beautiful. Warm and glowing reflection!

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  7. there's something more Christmassy about the COLD and the dark, with the Christmas lights and candles aglow. It's definately not like that here at Christmas.

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  8. Wow a 15 hour drive. Do you do it all in one go or stay overnight somewhere? that shot is magical. Great bokeh reflections.

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  9. Oh, I agree, Jeanne - that last photo is truly magical. So pretty!! I'm glad you had a good Thanksgiving and safe travels...enjoy your holiday season! How lucky you are to have finished all your shopping - I wish I could say that! lol :)

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  10. Christmas can be very magical Jeanne and this photo really does have that magical quality. Happy you had a good time with your family for Thanksgiving. Sounds like you are ready for the Holidays ahead. Have a great one.

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  11. Your photo is very pretty and would look good as a Christmas card. I am pleased that you had a good Thanksgiving. I read your last post too and, like you, feel so sad that there are so many people in need. But I am also a bit upset as this is the most powerful country in the world but with more homeless people in the Western World too – it is difficult to understand. For example in France we have “les restaurants du coeur” which translates as “restaurants from the heart” where people can eat for free in restaurants when they have no money, and they have many things like this to help. But when I tell people here they say that it is “socialism” - well at least there are not so many homeless and hungry people there. From what I hear on the US news, I don’t think it will get better very quickly in this country for people in need, so I repeat – it is so sad.

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  12. That is a lot of driving, but nice you got to make the trip!

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