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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Just Can't Let Go Yet!

Although yesterday was the twelfth day of Christmas and it should be over, I still have one more small group of photos of holiday stuff to post so I'll make up an excuse to keep the season going.  In the orthodox church still using the old calendar, Christmas is celebrated on January 7 so we'll just say that this is for them.

Here are a couple of homes not far from my own that are a joy to see, especially in this season.


And here is the home of their neighbors.
 Although these trees look small, they are actually quite large specimens.

Can you imagine having the patience to create something like this?  



 Merry Orthodox Christmas!

If I lived next door to one of these homes, I would decorate in a manner similar to the folks who live in the house on the right side of this picture.  (Image is from an email I received and is not my own.)

When I decorate for the holidays, I hate taking everything down.  It's not so much the work of it that bothers me as it is the emotion of putting away the warm feelings, the smiles, candlelight, glitter, coffee with eggnog sipped in a room illuminated only by the lights on the tree,  Throwing Christmas in tubs for another eleven months is sad for me so I'm putting it off for a week or two. 

18 comments:

  1. Aren't we glad for the folk who delight in the spectacular and have the where-with-all to execute those plans? In 2013 we went out frequently to look at Christmas lights. Christmas past we were unmotivated and never went at all. He-Who-Gets-a-Notion strung lights around the porch for the first time EVER.

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    1. Yes indeed, glad for those who put shows like this together! We've never hung lights outside but I love looking at the efforts of others! Kudos to He-Who-Gets-a-Notion!

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  2. It's good fun Peter! We're considering this as a taster for next Christmas in eleven months time :))

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    1. Never too soon to start planning for next year!

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  3. Those are wonderful! That's how it's done. (and I love the DITTO idea)

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    1. Love that people do this as it's grand to observe but I have no desire to hang outside lights myself.

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  4. They did a great job and have a lot more patience than we do. It was raining when we took down our lights so they've been sitting in various piles to dry out. I'm counting that as keeping the season going.

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    1. Wet lights drying on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose...keeping the season going indeed!

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  5. Love the lights but can't imagine the work! Taking down Christmas decorations is always hard on me too - it ranks up there with cleaning windows, just something you tough out. Instead of thinking of it as letting Christmas go, perhaps you can think of it as preparing the way to usher spring in.

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    1. I like the way you think! I can certainly get behind preparing for spring!

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  6. Those lights are wonderful! It's the lights I miss the most after taking Christmas down. Taking it all down can be a downer, but just remember the words of the song in the Seseme Street Christmas show (yes, that old one), "Keep Christmas with you, all through the year" , and I believe it was the Grinch who said "Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a ....tub". :-)

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    1. Seeing other peoples outdoor lights is one of my favorite things about the season! I do like how much cleaner everything looks once all the Christmas stuff is put away! Of course Christmas doesn't come from a tub; it comes from a room in the basement filled with tubs!

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  7. If you can't outdo the extensive decorations on your neighbor's house, you might as well resort to humor. It would get as much attention; I laughed out loud. I agree with Kris, I as soon as the Christmas music dies down it's time to look at plant catalogs for spring.

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    1. I am looking at plant catalogs too and think that it should be spring now. Lots of things seem to be blooming a bit earlier this year because of our relatively mild temperatures.

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  8. I'm all for hanging on to those warm feelings for as long as possible...we won't judge.

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    1. You're such a non judgmental friend! I also have to leave everything up for a belated 12th night party on Saturday night. Then everything can be boxed up again!

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  9. Oh, those trees! Wonderful! I'm not putting my stuff away yet either. :-)

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    1. Hooray! Another procrastinator (or person who enjoys decorations - maybe both.) Using mostly artificial greens this year makes it easy to keep everything hanging. Once I run out of Frasier Fir scented candles & room spray, we'll have to call it quits for the year.

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