Christmas and Winter Solstice in Connecticut

Christmas card 2018

This is my family and I celebrate them all year long and especially at Christmas. There is so much love here. My son Joe and his wife Aurora are expecting a baby in February and I am so excited that I will become a grandma. I am so happy about having a baby join the family. My daughter Marianne is going to become an aunt and that is special for her too.

Christmas cactus 2018

My Christmas cactus is blooming in the big window in the livingroom. I bought it at a lovely florist shop last year in November while waiting for the yarn shop next door to open. If there was an early bird, that would be me. This is the first year it has bloomed for me and I love the first sign of buds when they appear.

Last night I attended the winter solstice mandala celebration hosted by my friend Kathryn Costa of True North Arts here and the 100 Mandalas community here. It was a live video conference and during the event we had time to color the seed mandala that Kathryn had provided us beforehand. The words just flowed out for me and creating this winter solstice mandala gave me a very peaceful feeling.

Christmas in Connecticut

XMas Card

I spent the Christmas holidays with family members here at home in Connecticut over the course of the week… my children, their partners, extended family, my sisters… and I talked/ texted with family and friends who I was unable to see in person. It was a particularly memorable and heartwarming Christmas for me because of the special times that we had together. There were presents of course, but the most important part of the Christmas holiday was the feeling of love that surrounded me. There was a warm glow that enveloped me from the simple acts of sharing a meal and opening up in conversation.

Bevin tree

I actually have a small tree and that fits best in my condo. But I love Christmas trees and the tree photo above is from the Bevin House, a bed and breakfast here in town. I went there for a Writer’s Guild meeting which was great fun and we got a tour of the restored inn afterwards. It was lovely! This is the parlor as it would have appeared in the late 1800’s.

Bevin House parlor

My tree is small but it has a lot of room for my treasured ornaments which I have gathered over the years. One year my cat managed to knock the whole tree over, breaking a half dozen ornaments. Fortunately I was able to glue a few of the special ones back together. Tangerine was adopted from the Connecticut Humane Society, abandoned at age 7, but she lived a long life with me and is now passed. I will always remember the look on her face when I came into the living room from the kitchen after hearing the loud crash. Somewhere I have a photo of the fallen tree in my photo archives.

My tree 2017