MERRY CHRISTMAS JOYEUX NOËL
Wherever you may be during the holidays, whatever you may have planned (some people will be working during the holidays) may your Christmas be blessed with peace and joy.
Que Noël soit l’occasion de vous retrouver avec ceux que vous aimez.
switch on the lights
invite friends and family for dinner
light the Christmas tree
decorate your trees and windows
a little Christmas in the sunroom
HAPPY HANUKKAH CHAG CHANUKA SAMEACH
to all my Jewish friends
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL OF YOU
from Tina and me
Tina and me. Best friends forever.
For me Christmas season is one of my favorite times of the year. Why? Because of the lights. This year Hanukkah, the Jewish eight-day festival of lights, begins on the same day as Christmas. Every evening during Hanukkah, the family gathers to light a candle on the menorah until, 8 days later, all of the candles are burning.
Hanukkah is celebrated with prayers, good food and exchanging gifts. It is also a time of reflection. I like to decorate around the house with strings of lights and candles and I think it is very nice to combine both holidays.
Here I put a small Hanukkah book under the Christmas tree
I placed a Hanukkah menorah next to Christmas decorations and I think it looks very nice. Once all the candles are burning it will look very festive.
Strings of lights everywhere
going to Christmas markets in the evening. Here the Christmas market in Vieux Terrebonne, Quebec.
bright lights from houses can be seen in the darkness of the night
sitting next to the Christmas tree
Instead of a Christmas tree other plants or pine branches can be used to hang decorations and to place strings of lights. Lights around windows or around paintings look also very nice. I keep my lights all winter long. I call them my winter lights.
Here I placed a painting next to some branches.
Winter paintings, white skates, Christmas tree decorations, stars etc . all make good objects to use as decorations for the season.
A PICTURE OF THE BIG SNOWSTORM TODAY
Tina deep in the snow
It is this time of year again when we start to bring out the lights and the Christmas decorations and looking for trees and we just want to get into a festive mood. Whether we are celebrating Christmas or some other holidays we all enjoy looking at decorations and sparkling lights. It is fun to decorate around the house. Just a few pine branches or candles or a string of lights will transform the house.
A painting standing next to a little Christmas tree
the picture on a gift bag makes a nice background next to a small pine tree.
I like to put Christmas tree decorations in baskets on a table
Tina sitting in front of a decorated window.
The garden is covered in a white blanket of snow
The bohemian Christmas look
Singer: NEEMA Song: Elsa’s Lullaby from: youtube
This video is one of my favorites. The dog “Elsa” looks exactly like Tina and the video was made in Montreal. It is a song of love and companionship. Elsa was her best friend. Unfortunately Elsa is no longer with her but they had a happy long life together. When I watch this video it makes me cry. I hope you will like it as much as me.
Last week we had our first snowstorm here in the Montreal area. We got up in the morning and the whole garden and streets were white and it looked really nice. In the meantime the snow has already melted again and we have lots of rain.
However, I did take pictures of this day when everything was white and it looked really nice.
my little angel in the garden
another little angel walking towards the house
one of the streets in the neighborhood
Tina looks surprised
looking from the inside out
Time to bring out the Christmas decorations
Tina is pleased to be back inside in a warm house, sitting on her favorite sofa.
Another angel getting ready for Christmas