The holidays are really starting for us now. We'll be picking up our younger son from his apartment this afternoon and our older son and his wife arrive from San Francisco tonight. I have most of the house decorated, some of the presents wrapped, a few crafty projects to finish, some of the food is ready...but there is still lots to do!
The decorating of the upside down tree is finally finished. All of the ornaments on this tree are glass. Some of them were collected when we lived in Germany and others are special reminders of various places and times.
These ornaments were given to us for our first Christmas after we were married and they have all survived for 31 years of Christmas celebrations (we'll be married 32 years in January).
This was the scene at our front door last night. Most of the neighborhood children came around caroling with their parents. They were eager carolers and enjoyed some brownies as their thank you. We were lucky that the storm had blown through and there was no rain - it was very stormy earlier in the day, You'll notice this photo is rather blurry - I grabbed the camera in a hurry. I prefer natural light for photos but hadn't set up a tripod to capture the carolers.
I took one other shot with a flash - the kids in the front are sharp and clear but you lose the atmosphere and the people further back almost disappear in the blackness. I should have tried to get a few more without the flash but sometimes you just want to enjoy the moment!
If you are wondering how to get some special memories captured with your camera this season, Rebecca Cooper at Simple as That has posted some great tips for taking holiday photos - you can see them HERE.
I hope you have a lovely weekend. It's nice to have Christmas on a Tuesday since many people have the weekend and Monday off which gives a little more time to prepare and celebrate. I'll be pretty busy enjoying family time but I'll try to pop in with a photo or two over the next few days.
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