Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I love this version of Winter Wonderland...have a listen and enjoy!

It's here! It's Christmas Eve...can you believe it?!! Another special Holiday for us to pause and give thanks for our incredible blessings of richness in love, family, friends, and good health. And remind ourselves that the true meaning of this celebration lies right here in this word~CHRISTmas...

Our tree is up but it has been a challenge to keep it looking nice! Lacey and Bandit are having a good ol' time knocking off ornaments and even ripping up packages! I bought a Poinsettia Rose for the first time. Amazing what hybridizing can do...remember when they were so silly looking with one stem and one bloom per pot? This 8" pot contains a dozen blooms!

I snapped this just as a gust of wind blew through the branches
Who knew there are over 100 varieties of poinsettias? You're either gonna love or hate my unusual choice here. I always go for the soft pink/cream marbled variety but this year, it's all about the red, Baby! Thanks to Mr. Subjunctive, I recently learned that poinsettias are actually from the Euphorbiaceae family since they produce that milky sap. And what most people consider to be the flowers are actually bracts (modified leaves)... ... it's these tiny clusters in the center that's the flowers! Wrapping will be my main project today, along with a last minute grocery run but raise your hand if you're still heading out to buy presents! Gift cards were the way to go this year (teens are soo picky!) but I'm still hunting for stocking stuffers....
With roads safe for travelling and temps in the 30's to prevent too quick a melt, looks like we'll have a White Christmas after all....

Wishing all you GOOD PEOPLE a blessed and beautiful Christmas. Find peace and joy among your loved ones and spend the long weekend relaxing, chilling, vegging, sleepin' in, eating, drinking, laughing, loving and just plain be merry...that's an order! :)


  1. Oh, isn't that Poinsettia Rose just beautiful. Never saw one like it Lynn.
    Also loving the red and white one. They need to get with it in my locality. ;-)
    Merry,Merry Christmas to you and thanks for all of the wonderful gardening and pictures.

  2. Thank you, Lona!
    Blessed to have you in my blog family ;)

  3. All the Best to you Mon Amie!
    Lovely pictures as always!
    Take care,

  4. It looks so Christmasy there with the snow. This is the first year I haven't had kids or the dog taking ornaments off the tree or ripping into presents. I actually was at the mall at 8am this morning for last minute gifts.
    Hope you and your family have a very happy Christmas!

  5. Happy holidays and thanks for so many glorious posts in 2009!

  6. Lynn, a very blessed Christmas to you and your family this holiday season!

  7. Merci, France! Hope you got my email :)

    Catherine, hope you found what you needed at the mall! I am done wrapping (YAY!) and now it's time to relax!

  8. Hi Lynn! Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year!

  9. You too!!! Have a great Christmas too! Enjoy your family!

  10. Your Poinsettia roses are so beautiful! I have never seen this plant before. Very good choice!! And your ornaments, ha ha... maybe you should hang the ornaments twice... I mean when you hang the ornament, after you hang it, make another loop and hang again... more secure this way ;-) Enjoy the snow and have a blessed Christmas!

  11. Merry Christmas Lynn. Hope you and your family have a wonderful time. Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for 2010.

  12. Lynn!
    Happy Christmas!

    you continue to bring gifts
    with your words and incredible photographs!
    seriously... National Geographic-caliber!

    just lovely~

  13. I just found your blog. Beautiful pictures - we had no snow in Southern Illinois - just rain, rain, rain. We had a sprinkling of the white as a tease today, but that is all. Have a Merry Christmas! Barb R

  14. Merry Christmas, Lynn. Have a nice one!

  15. Thank you ALL for your visits and Holiday cheers! Hope your Christmas day was as nice as can be and many special memories created.
    We enjoyed a quiet but wonderful day...and now a full weekend of activities!

  16. Merry Christmas to YOU, Lynn! Hope your day was wonderful. I especially love the last photo of the sunset! Or is it sunrise? Either way it's glorious!!

  17. Gorgeous post Lynn...beautiful pictures! Yay..have a beautiful Holiday Season!

  18. Hi Lynn, know I'm late but the kids were over on Christmas Eve and Christmas day so haven't been on the computer. But wanted to stop by and say I hope your day was great and you have a wonderful year to come. It's been so great getting to know you!!! Love your new poinsettia!!!

  19. Merry Christmas Lynn
    and Happy New Year
    you continue to inspire with the beautiful view through your lens :)

    Peace ~ Rene

  20. Lynn, Belated Merry Christmas to you and your family. And best wishes for a New Year full of blessings.

    Please, please, keep doing what you're doing. Chuck is right; your photos are worthy of National Geographic. You have so much talent! I'm looking forward to more gardening with you in the coming year (trying not to make too many resolutions, but you've truly inspired me).


  21. Hi Lynn,

    I got your e-mail and I answered back....must be in your junk mail... sorry about that?

  22. Lynn, Beautiful variety of photos. Winter wonderland indeed! Your poinsettias are very pretty (have you ever tried to keep them and make them bloom again? I tried Very Unsuccessfully!)ha. Looking forward to 2010. :-)


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