Monday, December 30, 2013

Images of Christmas

Is it just me, or did December really take the record for the fastest month of 2013? 
The best Christmas present I received was having my mother agree to move closer to me...which meant I was able to share the holiday with her, my husband, and all of my kids. 
Just what I wanted.

Here are a few images I captured over the month that I don't think I've shared with you yet...

My neighbor decorated a juniper tree on our dirt road. It was covered in vintage ornaments.
Naturally, I had to stop and snap some photos.

Door prizes were given at our church Christmas party. 
I didn't win one, but I did bring home this collection of sparkling bokeh.

In honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, our church had a tamale dinner following Mass, with yummy, colorful pan dulce. 

I'm becoming more of a minimalist when it comes to decorating my house. 
But these pewter plates Tom gave me will always be pulled from the box and put on display.

I did a lot of baking this year. 
My Texas-shaped gingerbread and pumpkin bread were big hits.

I came within a jingle bell of being one of those elves. 
That is my spiral hat, though.

Homes on tour were decked out for the holidays. I admit what I like best about the first one below is the painting of the old blue truck.

A dear friend and his wife sent these ornaments with their Christmas cards. It hangs in a place of honor right beside the photo of my parents. 
(Yes, my tree is still up!)

Wishing all of you much peace!


  1. yay for getting your mom closer!!! love the decorated outdoor tree. i'd be afraid of theft and vandalism. kinda smooshes the spirit of the season. ;) i like your texas baking.

  2. You had an awesome Christmas girl! Too bad about not being chosen for elf duty though. :)

  3. It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas, Barbara.
    I wish you an equally wonderful New Year.

  4. All of these photos have such a cozy feel. I think it's so cool that your neighbour decorated an outdoor tree. Of course there, you wouldn't worry about it getting snowed on.. May you and yours have a wonderful New Year.

  5. The outdoor tree ornaments are fantastic. Glad you finally have your mother near and that it's working out for everyone, including your mom. Happy new year!

  6. So many beautiful images Barbara. And how wonderful that you got to spend time with your whole family at Christmas. Perfect!
    Wishing you the best of what 2014 has to offer my friend.
    xo Catherine


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