Bruce and Joy deciding which tree is the right choice
For our mountain Christmases we always cut our tree. When living in suburbia, I’ve gone to a Christmas tree lot and also had an artificial tree. Cutting our own tree my favorite! We don’t have a specific time to put the tree up, about a week or two before Christmas is usually when we do it. How about you?
How do you get your Christmas tree? When do you put your tree up?
Elsa and I have been together for 4 years; since she was a young 2-year-old. Officially I’m her nanny-teacher. She’s like my Lake City grandchild. Having been a teacher and being a mom and grandma makes me a perfect choice!
Joy is never far from Elsa – she’s really quite adorable the way she ‘watches’ over Elsa.
The lighting of the advent wreath
I grew up Catholic observing the season of advent; the 4 weeks before Christmas. A candle is lit for each week.
We spend a lot of time outside
Christmas Eve – what a sky!!!
More often than not our winter days are calm and sunny with this cobalt blue sky. We work to keep a path open to enjoy walking on our nature trail right outside our garden.
Church is always a part of our Christmas. Bruce and I were asked to read at the Presbyterian / Episcopal Church Christmas Eve service. Bruce was working until late in the afternoon Christmas Eve. I also went to St. Rose Catholic Church afternoon service Christmas Eve.
Growing up I remember once or twice going to my father’s parents for Christmas. They lived in Kenosha, Wisconsin which was a completely different environment from where we lived in the south. Christmas morning we walked to church through the snow, leaving our unopened Christmas presents under the tree. Between untouched snow yet to play in and unwrapped presents yet to open – it was hard to be a child in church!
This year it was ‘just’ the two of us with our canine kids, Joy and Hope
What are some of your Christmas memories? Traditions?
“May you live all the days of your life.” J. Swift