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Traditions

cookies
tree lights sparkling
music and kitchen cheer
exchanging gifts of Love Actu
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Colleen’s challenge this week was to write a cinquain reflecting our Christmas traditions. A tree with lights, music, cooking (especially those cookies!) and watching “Love Actually”–my daughters and I were lucky enough to share all these again this year.

I hope everyone separated from family and friends for this holiday season will be able to celebrate being together soon.

Gift from Nina

Nina painted me this beautiful rock as a holiday gift.

It looks great on the window sill next to my advent calendar which is filling its winter landscape in nicely.

Thanks Nina!

Must Be…

must be santa v 2s

…Bob??

Who comes? Must be red.
Must be big red.  Laughs.  Must be
very soon.  Ho.  He.  Ha.

Ever since Dylan released his goofy “Must Be Santa” video, my daughters have been threatening to gift me with the album it came from, “Christmas in the Heart”. Perhaps this is the year I’ll find it under the tree…

The “Must Be Bob” haiku is a found poem, from selected words in the “Must Be Santa” song.

And Nina pointed out that I didn’t name the songwriters (Dylan did not write this):  Bill Fredericks and Hal Moore.  Mitch Miller recorded the original version of the song in 1960, and it’s evidently based on an old drinking song.

Those Christmas Sweaters…

crazy quilt sweater

yes, I’m the guilty designer of many.  Sharon Mann’s cute Christmas sweater card caused me to look through the archives, and here are a few I found.

xmas s

Ho, Ho, Ho!

Critical Response Team, MPD

Well I was sitting at my art table and I hear blaring Christmas music coming down my street. A convoy from the Montclair Police Department!

Yup, a big truck, a pickup with Santa’s chair and a couple of patrol cars. Gotta love my town.  

   
They stopped off across the street where a little party is happening. They told me they have a hundred stops today alone! Got to love that spirit.

The whole entourage was there. Here was the Grinch and Gingerbread Man who kindly posed for me.  

 
Although it is 65 degrees and the dogs seem baffled it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

First batch

Here is the completed card. 

Here is the first batch ready to be mounted on the card. They have to be glued and put under a brick to dry. I am happy I accomplished this yesterday. As I said it has been a few years since I did cards. See what blogging and the encouragement of blog friends can do? Thanks!