With Christmas less than two weeks away, my holiday spirit has been growing a little bit with each passing day. Colourful lights, decorations, and music seem to be everywhere.
Two weeks ago, we headed downtown for the official lighting of the Christmas tree at City Hall.
I hadn’t realized that this ceremonial lighting of the tree and the subsequent fireworks was such a popular event. I’ve never seen crowds so densely packed in the downtown core. I managed to keep my claustrophobia under control and admittedly I oooh’d and awww’d in equal measure with the 5 year old beside me sitting on her dad’s shoulders.
Meanwhile at home, I have finished my holiday decorating. Admittedly, my decorations are considerably more subdued compared to many others, but I always look forward to bringing out my collection of Father Christmas statues who greet all those who enter the front door.
… and my Christmas tree has been glowing in the darkness every evening.
There are not many photos of Christmas from my family’s past, but this fuzzy picture from the mid-1950s is a personal favourite. It pre-dates me, with my older sister and 2 brothers, but what makes it special is that it’s a rare photo of my Italian grandparents.
As the photo suggests, my grandmother apparently loved to sip her red vermouth … and added it generously to much of her Christmas baking.
I hope your world is filled with twinkling lights and sparkling decorations that bring you joy – whatever your traditions might be.
This post was inspired by the DP photo challenge to *capture a twinkle*.