December 23, 2013

I'll Be Home For Christmas!

Yippee! As of this past Friday, I am officially home for the holidays until January 2, 2014! These next few days are really going to be a pleasure. I'm so looking forward to all of the cooking that I will be doing on Christmas Eve for the big meal. This year, I'm going with a southwestern-style Christmas dinner. I did all of the grocery shopping during the week and I'm very excited about the menu.

This weekend, I got to do the last few activities for the Christmas season. Saturday morning started off with a trip to the Dix Hills Ice Rink for an hour of skating. I must say that I'm not very good at it, but it is quite fun nonetheless. There were a few young hockey players who were there to practice their skating and I was very impressed by their agility on the ice. Saturday evening brought me out to the mansion at Old Westbury Gardens to see their Holiday Splendor displays. It is an event that I always love. I took lots of photograph, which I though look terrific in sepia tones.

Sunday afternoon took me to Coe Hall at the Planting Fields Arboretum for a Holiday Concert and Sing-A-Long. The Tudor Revival Mansion and its grounds looked absolutely stunning decked out in festival cheer. The concert was a lot of fun with lots of audience participation.

One other thing that I would like to share is the batch of holiday crafts that I've been working on. I made a series of collages with the paint program on the computer. I got inspired to create it after playing a Christmas-themed hidden object game. I've also been putting together a foam village. It isn't finished yet, though the pieces that I have so far are adorable. Hope you like them. Wishing you joy and blessings aplenty! Have a very Merry Christmas! Cheers!

"And she shall bring forth a son,
and thou shalt call his name Jesus:
for he shall save his people
from their sins."

~Matthew 1:21


December 13, 2013

Oh, Tidings of Comfort and Joy

I must say, I've been having the most delightful holiday season. This past weekend was supposed to see my annual trip into New York City for the window tour, but, unfortunately, I've had a lingering head cold and I just didn't feel up to making that long walk down 5th Avenue. Still, there are a lot of things to do locally and I've been making the most of it. As it has been a while since I've been online, so I'll do my best to recap some of the activities.

On Black Friday, as is usual, I spent the day decorating the house. This year, I dug out some of the very old ornaments that had belonged to my grandmother. These date back as far as the 1940s. Having sat in storage for many years, they were quite dusty, though, once cleaned up, they sparkled like diamonds. I really love the old-world flavor they lend to the Christmas tree. In the evening, I went out to the 4th Annual Huntington Parade of Lights. It was a really big event this year with lots of boats. These included a decked-out pirate ship with cannons blasting and a fire boats that sailed by with streams of water launching high into the evening air.

On Small Business Saturday, I went out to the Cradle of Aviation Museum to attend the Long Island Festival of Trees. This year, along with all of the performances, the event had a Star Wars theme and featured many of the familiar characters mingling with the guests among the ornately-dressed trees: Boba Fett, Emperor Palpatine, Jedi Knights, Stormtroopers, Tuskan Raiders, and, perhaps my favorite of all, a Darth Vader Santa complete with candy cane lightsaber. There were lots of crafty activities to do as well, such as cookie decorating and spin art. Of course, a stroll through the aviation museum is always enjoyable.

This last weekend started off with a trip to the Mills Pond House on Saturday morning. There is an elaborate holiday train set up in the basement that is open for viewing just for December. It is amazing to watch these toys trains belching smoke and chugging through a vividly-detailed miniature landscape that boasts mountains, houses, towns, and circus scenes.Along with the train, Mills Pond also has a new art exhibit and a Granny's Attic sale going on for the holidays.

Saturday evening, I went out to Camp Edey in Bayport to take a drive through the Girl Scouts' Holiday Light Show and then to the Holtsville Ecology Center for the Holiday Spectacular. Both events were bright and cheerful with proceeds going toward good causes. Very fun. Cheers!

"A man has joy by the answer of his mouth,
And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!"

~Proverbs 15:23