Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas Week

Really, it's the week between Christmas and New Years.  For many of us, it's a week off.  This time has generated many blessings.  Here are Five Fave blessings which I'm sharing via Susanne's blog.

1.  I love how The Professor has described our Christmas break:  it's a series of Saturdays.  Day after day, it's Saturday.  We truly needed a rest, and so far this Christmas has been just what we needed.  Rising late and slowly.  Sipping coffee and maybe getting another cuppa at our favorite coffee place where we sit and read quietly.  Visit points of interest.  Run an errand or two.  Do the usual Saturday stuff.

2.  A day at The Getty Villa
I know most people spend their time at Getty Villa gazing at statues and other ancient artifacts such as these


Dionysos (Bacchus) on a jar handle


Victorious youth statue (Greek, bronze, 300-100 BC)

But I always end up spending at least half of my time wandering in the gardens and photographing the flowers and landscape views.






The weather that day was perfect--sunny, 80 degrees F

3.  AND our girl was with us.


4.  A friend sent me THIS for Christmas!
(oh, this looks like so much fun!)


5.  I love how my children have embraced our love of Christmas carols.  On facebook, they posted their favorites:  Silent Night and I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.  I love so many, how can I choose just one?  I remember singing O Little Town of Bethlehem in choir in elementary school and in first grade, I sang Away In A Manger as a solo in the Christmas program that year.  But I think I'd have to say that this year, at least, Come Thou, Long Expected Jesus is my favorite.  What's yours?

BONUS
My younger daughter has begun a blog titled Love Tree.  Her latest post tells the latest news on the adoption of our little ones.

Happy New Year!

15 comments:

Susanne said...

I love Christmas carols. And like you have trouble with picking favorites but Little Drummer boy is one I just really am drawn to.

It's nice to have a slower start to the mornings and just sit and actually really enjoy that first cup of coffee. Enjoy you "saturdays"! And Happy New Year!

Barbara H. said...

My favorite Christmas carol is "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly."

Your husband is so right about this week feeling like a series of Saturdays.

Glad you had a great Christmas week with some extended time off and that your daughter could be with you!

ellen b. said...

Glad you get some lazy days.
That Knitivity is a hoot. Can hardly wait to see it complete...

Gracie Saylor said...

It is hard to pick a favorite, Joy to the World and Hark the Herald Angels Sing vie for the position. Your week of Saturdays sounds lovely :) I'm glad you are enjoying contact with your children and I will hop over to check out your daughter's new blog. I hope she enjoys the creative outlet as we do :)

Jerralea said...

I love "Come Thou Long Expected Jesus," too! We once sang it when we were a part of a Living Christmas Tree production. I will never forget it.

I'd be like you and spend my time photographing the flowers and landscape, too.

Susan said...

Your week sounds so restful and peaceful - it made me feel more rested just reading about it!

We don't get to have our children home most years, so I know you were glad to have your girl with you.

My favorite Christmas carol is O Come All Ye Faithful. My husband sings O Holy Night each year on the Sunday before Christmas, but I play the piano for him so I don't get to listen!

Faith said...

Oh I LOVE Come Thou long Expected Jesus but my absolute fave is Angels We have heard on high. Your daughter has pretty hair!! And I love the scenic photos you took...that's right where I'd be rather than the statues!! Happy New Year and God Bless!!

Mia said...

Is the statue of Bacchus on a wine jar??? ;o)
So glad you guys get the chance to slow down and enjoy your Saturdays. :o)

Gattina said...

You are lucky to see some flowers, in my country everything is naked and grey. On top we had a very strong wind and rain ! Not the ideal week !

Lynette said...

I love number 1, much like what my husband and I do. Coffee, errands and more coffee. Being off is always needed, I am until Thursday. Happy New Year.
(thank you for the kind comment)

Bethany Hissong said...

I hope you do try to knit the nativity! I enjoyed your Christmas letter so much! My favorite song (hard to pick!) has to be "What Child Is This" because I think I sang that in Elementary School too (or at church at that time). I love all the Christmas carols-- I used to sit and sing them all when I was little, then learned them all on the piano. And that was about it for the piano! ;) Your photos are beautiful-- we have rainy cold weather today so it was nice to see something bright and pretty! You described our break perfectly! We've forgotten what day it is, except today (Sunday so we went to church!). Craig just said it was coffee time... yes, we're totally on the same page as you!

Knitting Linguist said...

Good King Wenceslas :)

Your weeks of Saturdays sound lovely! That's how I'm (finally!) feeling this week, and I love it. We had a plan to visit the Getty Center, but postponed in favor of quiet home days - soon, though, I think...

nikkipolani said...

It is hard to keep track of the days when one is on vacation -- I'm loving it while it lasts! Mmmmm, Getty Villa. Such a pretty locale. Happy new year to you and your loved ones, Willow!

Julene said...

It sounds like a perfectly restful Christmas with time for the things and people you love.
The Knitivity looks like something that would be perfect for little hands, once it is done! Good year to you and John!

Tracy said...


Happy New Year to you & yours, Willow! So lovely to catch up with you here for all this love & beauty post-holidays and travels. ((HUGS))