Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Sparkle all the way


So here we are--the first day of the last month of 2009. It always amazes me how fast the year flies by. Today was sunny and balmy, not at all like the winter days that lie ahead. It's time for me to start digging out the decorations, to set up the tree, to adorn the mantle with the fresh greens I bought today. The Christmas lights have sprung up all around town, bringing some sparkle to the dark evenings.

The holidays certainly make the transition to winter a little easier, don't you think? The brightly-colored wrappings, the warm cookies fresh from the oven, the special ornaments that we enjoy for just a short time each year. All such simple pleasures. What are the traditions that mean the most to you?


Carole Knits said...

Excellent composition of that photo. Nice sparkle, too!

janis said...

i agree, christmas does make winter a little bit easier. but then it drags onto january + february + march...bleh. i think winter should only be one month long. period.

ps. lovely shot! i can't wait to put up all our christmas decorations!

Char said...

love this shot...so beautiful

I need to establish new traditions as before I've driven home...now I live at home.

Ulla V. said...

There are so many things in December which I love. But I always have to read a calender book with 24 chapters for my son. That's really cozy. And light lots and lots of candles. :))

We also go on family trips to the woods to pick up beautiful branches and moss.

Rachell Taylor said...

To me, Christmas time just means more covers, the addition of eggnog to my coffee, and lots and lots of baking. Comforting thoughts through the cold days, for sure!

Jackie said...

Eggnog!! And if I had that photo (which is absolutely stunning - what beautiful decorations!) I would just hang it up and call it good as far as Christmas decorating.
Actually my favorite tradition is that we stay home as a family on New Year's Eve and we fix a feast of finger foods, and appetizers, break out the sparkling grape juice, stay up to ring in the new year and have our own party.