Christmas Ornaments

My Mom’s Christmas tree has always been my favorite.  

Filled with vintage ornaments she has collected over the years, it’s a magical sparkling sight.  Almost every ornament is different, and I love admiring them all.

I’ve started collecting vintage ornaments as well. One day I hope to have a tree as pretty as this one!

Christmas Scenes

The few days leading up to Christmas

Corners of the home are filled with cozy Christmas sights

Pierogi softly cooking on the stove

Mugs ready to be filled with warm drinks

Cats dressed in holiday attire

These few days fly by, but I try to take in all the small moments before they disapear

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.

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. 

Cat Photos Friday #126


The cats really liked their Christmas presents. A lot.


They unwrapped their little gifts in no time and got straight to work, chewing and chasing them all around the house.


They’re still going crazy over these things!

Merry Christmas from the Cats!


The cats love Christmas time!  So much wrapping paper, ribbons and decorations to play with.


Jeeves got a bit lost in it all!


And Cloud decided she liked Candy Canes. She bit the thing into pieces!!


I hope everyone has a great holiday season!