Daily Archives: December 21, 2012

Just “Us” at Christmas time

Us. Found sign.

I hope you get to spend Christmas with the people you love, the ones that make you feel loved and happy. With the people (or person) that you refer to, to others, as “us”.

Under the Christmas tree, may you find something special. However, the greatest gifts are not found there, they are found in Us.

The letter U of the Christmas Alphabet – U for Us.

Twinkling lights and maybe Tinsel on the Tree?

Tinsel is an interior designers nightmare. I don’t think I have seen a single bit of shiny tinsel in any Christmas editions of any magazines or Christmas articles/images. It is definitely NOT flavour of the month, banished to the “tacky” and “gaudy” trash-can – out of sight and certainly not seen on any well-heeled, colour co-ordinated Christmas trees.

I don’t like tinsel. Too gaudy. Too plastic. I like decorations collected over years, all mismatched and sentimental. And I like twinkly Christmas lights, but only white, not coloured.

Yet, all around my neighbourhood, what do I see? Plastic Santa’s, blow up plastic reindeer, flashy tinsel and multi-coloured lights strung up, sign’s saying “Santa, stop here”…hilarious, riotous celebrations of Christmas from people who don’t care what’s in fashion, only about what is fun…

The Christmas Alphabet – brought to you by the letter T, some unfashionable Tinsel, coloured Twinkling lights, a blow up Santa, and a final Thought…be Thankful.

Christmas alphabet - the letter T

Last glances…on the road trip.

napier roadtrip 4napier roadtrip 7
napier road trip 2

It was always going to be a long, tiring haul… 4 kids and about a thousand kilometres in two days driving. But the mission was successful and extended family bonding was cemented for another few months. Here are some images I took on the way back as we left Hawkes Bay. I had to stop and take a last few glances at the breathtaking scenery, so very different from the west coast’s vivid greens and blues. Here on the east coast, it is so much drier, hotter, and the colours all seem to be of a long dry summer that has passed, even though it is only the start of summer…all muted, hazy orange and browns with faded purples, greys, muted greens and gold. So very stunning. Grape vines and tall poplars make it seem like a postcard of a scene from the Italian countryside. I live in a very beautiful country.

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