Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Sixty and Single - A Holiday Vignette

by Hannah Reed/Deb Baker

In March, as some of you might remember from this post, I left the Wisconsin family home in the country where my now-ex and I had raised our children, and I moved to a small but vibrant city not too far away. What a change from turkeys and deer in the backyard framed by a woodland of maples and pines to sidewalks and hustle and bustle and store fronts! But, amazingly, I am loving it!

The festive season is underway right outside my front door with weekend candle lit caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, snowflakes whisking through the air, and brightly colored lights. And of course, the community tree lighting last Friday. On that special night, Santa even paid us a visit along with his helpers and reindeer.

 I 'shot' this picture with my new camera, the one many of you helped me pick out with your comments to my which-one-to-buy post. Just so you know, The Chicks love and really appreciate comments:)

The  last eight months I've had my ups and downs, but haven't we all? That's life, and what's important is how we respond to the challenges. To paraphrase the Rolling Stones, we might not get everything we want, but we get what we need.

What are some of your special seasonal favorites? Those small things that make the season great?

12 comments:

Jeannie D. said...

Isn't the city wonderful at Christmastime! I grew up outside of Cincinnati, Ohio and every Christmas the power company building had a huge train display. I can remember my Daddy taking us to stand in front of the windows and watch the magic. We would then go to the Krohn Conservatory with all the poinsettia displays. That is one of my favorite holiday memories still today.

IYamVixen2 said...

Snow and putting up the holiday decorations with holiday tunes on the seasonal channel. I love taking photos of my daughter talking to Santa even though she's told us that she knows it's us who put the presents under the tree, but she will still have her picture taken. Bittersweet that she's growing up.

Deb said...

Those are wonderful memories, Jeannie!

Deb said...

Yes, those years when the kids were young were precious. Although I could do without some of the assembling!

Sue said...

Snow during the holiday season---this year I think we'll have lots of snow. It just makes everything so pretty.

Aurian said...

Good for you Deb! I am glad you are enjoying yourself. I do like the Christmas lights decorating the (shopping) streets when I drive through them.

Anonymous said...

I like putting up the Christmas tree with all the ornaments, some that the kids made way back in elementary school.

Off the subject- I wish you would write another book in the doll collectors series. I really enjoyed those.

Deb said...

I have those kid ornaments too. They are so special. Thanks for reading that series! I loved writing it, but my publisher didn't want to continue:( Maybe one of these days I'll do it on my own.

Deb said...

Lights are so magical, aren't they!

Deb said...

We had a little but now it's raining and washed it all away. Many more on Sunday. I love snow!!

Rosemary Harris said...

I love baking - which I rarely do the rest of the year. And christmas music. i have more holiday cds than anyone I know - including such classics as Marlene Dietrich singing The Little Drummer Boy and Jimmy Stewart singing Baby It's Cold Outside with Bing Crosby.

Deb said...

I've been making holiday 'stations' on Pandora and listening while I work:)