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A Snow in December

A snow in December is rare around here. Especially in early December, before Christmas. 

When I looked at the weather forecast, and saw it was supposed to snow a week later, I certainly didn’t believe it.

But then, on that late Friday morning, as I stared out the window at work, towards the dark grey sky, snowflakes really did begin to fall.

And they kept falling. Nothing stuck at first, we didn’t expect it to. But as the day wore on, suddenly everything was covered in the fluffiest snow.

We all got to leave early on that Friday afternoon as the road quickly disappeared under a blanket of white.

And finally, the Christmas lights on our house looked complete. 

Everything looks so much more festive in the snow. I wish it stuck around longer.

The snow day was celebrated by making spicy bean chili. A tradition I started years ago.

I hope there are many more snow days to come this year.
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Dark Shadows in the Christmas Tree Patch

Every year, on a cold winter’s evening, we all pile in the car to go to our favorite Christmas Tree patch and help my Mom pick out her tree.

The tree patch pops up in late November and surrounds the Krankies coffee air stream trailer with fresh evergreen trees, patiently waiting for a home.

I love running around through the rows of trees in the icy night air, under the string lights, searching for the perfect tree.

The trees cast long shadows over the parking lot and buildings. Everything feels a little spooky.

Especially near the Christmas Tree graveyard!

Before long we found the perfect little tree and my Mom posed with it.

I love the atmosphere of the Christmas Tree lot at night, with the dim lights, the scent of pine and coffee drifting through the air, and the tall shadows cast by the trees as they sit in long rows, waiting to be taken home.
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Lost in Brooklyn, Searching for Christmas Lights

Exploring New York City last Christmas. 
We took an above ground subway train across the bridge into Brooklyn for a view of the city skyline.

We rode the subway deep into Brooklyn. I got carried away taking pictures. 

We got off the train, way farther than we had planned on going, and had to decide where to go next. The sun was setting and I remembered there was some neighborhood that was supposed to have extreme Christmas decorations. It was a bit far, but we got back on the subway to head towards the neighborhood of Dyker Heights.

We traveled for some time on the subway, underground now, only to find that the line we needed to take was down for maintenance! According to the map, and the routes we would have to take, we were now even further away! We rode around and around, all over the place, coming up once, only to be confused when google maps led us to an old unused subway station in the middle of a busy intersection.

Back underground we went, not exactly sure where we were, and even less sure where we would end up. 

Eventually we found our way, and emerged from the ground, tired and starving. 
The subway let us out right at a Shake Shack. 
We didn’t think twice and walked right in to pig out on some food.

Finally it was time to walk many city blocks, in the frigid night, to see the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights.

At first, the streets were mainly, dark, no signs of life. Did we make a mistake? Were we going to right way?

But then, straight ahead.. Lights!  Everywhere!! 

Nearly every house, for many blocks, was covered in lights and decorations. 
As far as the eye could see. 

A blend of Christmas songs filled the cold night air.

Crowds of people filled the streets. Vans and buses full of even more people unloaded and joined the crowd. 

It could be a bit disorienting at times. Hard to remember what street you had been down already, and how far you had gone. 

Some light displays were so amazing, I couldn’t look away.

Visiting the Christmas neighborhood of Dyker Heights was well worth the crazy subway adventure. We wandered around for quite some time, but didn’t even see all of the houses. I was already dreaming of my return as we rode the subway back to the hotel. 

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Cat Photos Friday #125 Christmas Tree Cats


The cats love spending time beneath the Christmas Tree.


And destroying the presents!


Cloud was not interested in posing in front of the tree, but can’t resist something to sit on, so I tricked her into posing by placing a book in front of the tree.



Jeeves’ special talent is ripping off his sweater with one kick of his back foot. It happens in such a blur that I’m still not really sure how he does it.

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New York City Christmas Sights


For the past few years it has been a dream of mine to visit New York City during Christmas time, and a few weeks ago, I was finally able to!


It was our first day there and we just wandered through the city, taking in all the sights, with no particular goal in mind. It was just starting to get dark as we turned a street corner and I saw some sparkly lights off in the distance.  We raced towards the lights to see what they were, and it turned out to be this insanely decorated store on fifth avenue. As we got closer and closer to the lighted store, we realized we had just stumbled upon the Christmas sights jackpot! What luck!



As we looked down the street we saw Radio City Music Hall, and then right on the other side of the road was the Rockefeller Christmas tree. There was so much Christmas I wanted to run around and scream!

(But that would have been impossible because the crowd of people was EXTREME.)


I was so excited to see all these Christmas sights in person, after looking at them over and over again on my pinterest board. I also thought it was funny that we stumbled on them by sheer luck on the first evening there.

Visiting NYC was so much fun, and I am already dreaming about the day I can go back. I can’t wait to post the rest of my pictures!