How To Get In The Christmas Spirit

The Christmas season is here. The last 6 months have been very stressful for me with several bouts of illness, and I must admit, I’m not as enthused about the holidays as normal.  So today I am doing positive affirmations and remembering the reason for the season. Let’s look at positive steps to get the Christmas spirit.

 

 

 

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Lucy’s First Christmas

Today’s photos are courtesy of Lisa Marinelli Murphy, my nephew Robert’s wife.

 

I’ve shared photos from Robert & Lisa before. They share their photos of the autumn trips to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan celebrating their anniversary. Their honeymoon photos are at Fall in Michigan.

Robert adopted a rescue basset hound some years ago.  His wife had an old beagle and old cat.  When they married, they called their home the old animal rescue as a joke.

 

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Christmas Lights at Florida Botanical Garden

Today I’m re-sharing my visit to Florida Botaincal Garden’s Christmas Lights in 2017.

Pinellas County Florida Botanical Gardens 12520 Ulmerton Road Largo, FL 33774

For me one of the highlights of the Tampa Bay Area is the Florida Botanical Gardens. The Gardens is a Pinellas County learning experience as well as a beautiful exotic horticultural garden. It officially opened to the public on Dec. 2, 2000, showcasing 25 gardens and display areas with 10,000 plants on 150 acres.  Admission is free but a donation of $2.00 is suggested to help fund the maintenance of the gardens.  It is open Monday through Friday 7 am to 5 pm and is closed on weekends and on county holidays. I did a post on the beautiful garden, The Florida Botanical Gardens, A Tampa Bay Favorite. Today it’s all about Christmas.  There are special hours of operation  for  the Christmas Light display and the suggested donation for the Christmas Lights is $5.00. If you are ever in the Tampa Bay area of Florida during the Christmas season, you must come see the lights at the garden.

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Ron’s Christmas Lights

Today I’ll share a little story about a neighbor of mine.  Ron lives in a house catty-corner to me.  When I  moved here over 11 years ago, Ron and his wife were already in residence. I didn’t really get to know them then,  but we waved at each other.  We were friendly acquaintances but not really friends. My good friend Vickie next door knew them as well as most people on the block.  She’s very outgoing while I’m quieter.

 

 

 

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Adding Christmas

This last weekend I was working on my home rearranging art and adding Christmas decorations.  My favorite way to decorate for Christmas is with vignettes added to a room.  Let’s start with the dining room.  Last week I decorated the dining table with a poinsettia topper and my decorated Advent candleholder.  Today I’m sharing the updated picture ledge behind the table.

 

 

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