You may notice that there are no ornaments on the lower branches of the tree nor are there any gifts under the tree. The absence of both of these things is due to the presence of the cat with/in/under the Christmas tree.
This time of year can become so hectic as we try to accomplish all those things that we think we should - home decorations that are acceptable to even Martha Stewart, holiday meals that are tasty, pretty and liked by everyone, finding the perfect gift for all those on your gift-giving list and so on. If we stop long enough to engage a bit of rational thought, we will realize that none of these things is what makes Christmas happy, joyful or merry. Just being with the one's we love is what is important. Perhaps we could all benefit from "taking five" to slow down and focus on what Christmas really is...and what it isn't.
Throughout this year, each month has had a number prompt to photograph. I have failed miserably with all of them. I'm not sure why. I am kind of a number geek, but on the days when these particular prompts reared their ugly faces, numbers eluded me. Today's shot was a desperate attempt at photographing the number five. But hey...at least I got to take advantage of the Christmas tree that we finally got up and decorated!
This is the third year that I have photographed this display of lights that is just around the corner from our house. They are quite beautiful and each year I enjoy seeing them. They have not changed in three years so I decided that I needed to do something different with this year's photos.
Generally speaking, I like abstract looking photos. I do like the bokeh in the foreground trees, but I'm not so sure about the trees in the background. I have until January 1 to take more photos here and see if I can do something else that I like a little better. For today, this will do.
The top of the china cabinet in our dining room is where cards are displayed in our house - birthday cards, Valentine's Day cards, Easter cards and Christmas cards. Every time we sit down for a meal, we are reminded of all those you have sent thoughts and prayers. Up until a week or so ago, this spot was occupied by sympathy cards that we received after my dad's death. Those cards did bring us comfort, but I have to say that I am glad to now have the Christmas cards with their messages of hope and joy to look at each day.
This is our corner. Usually the "Where I Stand" prompt includes a literal photo of my feet. This month's prompt focused on "in the neighborhood" and I like our street signs. And, I didn't have much time to do this. So, this is as good as it gets.