This week Lens Artist Ann Christine has given us the challenge of the Holiday Season. I shall be honest and tell you that this year I considered not putting up the Christmas tree. Then I thought better of it. As I put on the decorations each one brought back a memory. The mat around the bottom of the tree has been with me since I was a child. I have decorations that belonged to my Aunt in England. We were very close and these decorations bring her back . Then there are the horses that I bought in a Christmas market in Germany . The hand made beaded decoration that was made by a friend, the egg decorated with blue sequins made by a friend in England. And so on it goes.
In the evening and also in the dark mornings I love to see the lights. They lift my spirits.
With the Covid restrictions our son is not able to come here to Canada from London. Our daughter lives two hours away and we had made a plan to go up and see her and our Grandson. We packed up the car yesterday with a small barbeque and in a cooler some hot dogs and buns. We planned an outdoor, socially distanced BBQ. Our daughter was making hot chocolate. We set off . But half way there our daughter phoned. Our Grandson had been well at breakfast but now he was suffering from nausea and vomiting. We said we would still come as we were half way there and at least drop off the Christmas presents we had for the family and that is what we did. Before Covid we would still have gone in and had a visit with our daughter and son in law. But now…. no. So we dropped off the presents and came back home. Here are our daughter and son in law on their front porch.
I was very sad not to have been able to have our outdoor BBQ and to have a visit with our Grandson. Fortunately by the evening he was feeling somewhat better. That was a relief for all of us. But this Christmas , this holiday ,is a very different one. The decorations do make me feel better. Here is the view from our kitchen window. I always like to have small poinsettias to brighten up window ledges.
And finally the featured photo for this post is the decoration on our daughter and son in laws porch railing. You will notice an essential piece of equipment for the Canadian winter……a snow shovel!
We will still be having a turkey dinner here. There will just be my husband and me but there are friends we know who will be pleased to have some of our turkey even if they are not eating it sitting down with us . I will still decorate the dining room table with my favorite Christmas decorations and raise a glass to all of our friends . So to you, my blogging friends, I wish you a Happy Holiday and a Peaceful New Year!