Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #177 – Celebrating

Tis the season for celebrating! In our home, the celebration begins with Thanksgiving and ends after New Years Day. The month of December is filled with cooking, baking, shopping, celebrating three family birthdays, and getting together with friends and family.

The Christmas tree is our main decoration each year. Each ornament on our Christmas tree brings back fond memories. Some are hand made by our children or grandchildren, some are from our travels, and others are family or beach inspired.

I love listening to Christmas songs. My car radio is tuned to the holiday stations beginning the day after Thanksgiving. Sometimes a Christmas display makes me think of one of those songs. These next two displays remind me of “How’d you like to spend Christmas, on Christmas Island?” and “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch!”

My favorite Christmas memories are from the days when our children, and then grandchildren, were very young. Back then, baking and decorating cookies was an event we looked forward to every year. One year we decided to make the cookies coastal themed instead of the usual Christmas shapes.

For many years one of my favorite traditions was to put up a Christmas village in the living room. What started out with two pieces grew into an entire town. A few years ago I put it up for one last time.

My Christmas wish is for joy and happiness for all my family and friends. May your days be merry and bright!

This post was inspired by these amazing bloggers: Many thanks to Amy for this Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #177: Celebrating, Terri for her Terri’s Sunday Stills – Christmas Song Lyrics, and Donna, Sue and Debbie for their Festive Bonbon – Retirement Reflections

30 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #177 – Celebrating

  1. Such a fun post Beth – what a holiday you make for your family! They are all storing wonderful memories for the future I’m sure. How old are your grandchildren? They’re the best part of the holidays don’t you think?! I’m sad about your Christmas village and hope one of your kids is picking up the tradition!

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    1. Thanks Tina! Our four grandchildren range from 18 to 8. I really miss having little ones at Christmas. I agree, they are the best part of the holidays. I do miss the village but not the setting up and taking down. πŸ˜„


  2. Hi Beth! I love that you listen to merry tunes all season (I do too) after all it’s only for a few weeks! Your coastal cookies are adorable and very festive! So jealous of your Christmas Village–looks fabulous. Even though you linked to last week’s post, I’ll include you in my next week’s fresh post for the metallic color challenge. Next week’s theme is “light the night.”

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  3. Beth, ditto to almost every word. We too celebrate from Thanksgiving through the new year, love Christmas music, baking cookies, decorating, and the coast. Maybe one day we will know the joy of grandchildren, but it is pretty doubtful. Have a great week.

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  4. Thank you for sharing your Christmas memories, Beth. I, too, have enjoyed decorating Christmas with my collection. A couple years ago, I passed my village collection to my daughter.

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  5. We have a Christmas village as well, Beth. Fortunately, it is easy to set up and take down.As for cookies, yum. Yours looked quite tasty. We invited our neighbors over for a cookie Christmas party yesterday, and each couple brough their favorite cookies. It was quite the feast, albeit a little high in calories and not what one would call a balanced meal. πŸ™‚ I served eggnog, with and without rum. We made sure that everybody loaded a platter to take home. –Curt

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  6. Love all these special ornaments, many of which made me smile just as some of ours do each year. We have a few lighted houses, and although I say this is my last year to put them out, I usually succumb to the temptation the next year to do it “one more time.” You may also, you know.

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    1. You must have read my mind! I’ve been thinking about setting up one or two of my favorite village pieces. Isn’t it fun to think about all the good memories as you look at the ornaments on the tree?

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  7. Hi
    Lovely at to spend the holidays – with the music and baking and just the whole vibe
    The wooden Santa ornament in first photo reminds me of some classic ones my husband’s grandmother gave us in the 1990s

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