Wednesday, December 20, 2006

WEDNESDAYS ARE FOR COLOR -- A Light That Warms My Heart


Blogger micki said...

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Well, I spent the morning on-line ordering Happy New Year’s gifts. That’s right. Not Christmas gifts. As a Certified Procrastinator of the Most High Level, I am late again this year. Therefore, everyone receiving gifts from me (and it’s a Season Miracle that I got any out at all) will be receiving Happy New Year’s gifts instead. All things considered, I feel as if I have accomplished something wonderful!

Today’s shot is nothing special on the surface, but there is a story behind this snowman waving through a window. I love to decorate for the season!! Starting from when I was about 12 or 14, I took full charge of decorating my bedroom. I covered it from wall to wall and floor to ceiling. Lights strung up, my own four foot tree, a mini tree on my dresser top, and many, many lighted figurines. The room glowed, and I kept music playing all the time. I’d even set my radio to the sleep mode so that I could fall asleep at night listening to the local radio station playing round the clock Christmas tunes. Even my attire was festive, holiday earrings, necklaces, bracelets, sweaters, and decals on my red painted fingernails. Oh, and jingle bells strung on the laces of my shoes. :o)

Things are a little different now. It’s hard to decorate to that extreme. My older son, who has autism, cannot control himself. He pretty much takes apart and destroys everything that’s of “knick knack” nature around the house. So, I don’t do much in decorating in the way I used to. All we really have up are strings of lights and garland. But boy do we do that up. All the door frames, windows and ceiling lines are strung with hundreds of feet of mini, multi-colored tree lights. Every year I add a few more strands to the empty parts of the house, and it is filling up. In the evening, after the sun is down and all the lights are plugged in, the house glows within. There are so many lights that I am able to read by their light alone.

A few years back, we purchased this little wall hanging. His carrot nose is on a small spring and as you can see, he glows quite nicely. My son loves this wall hanging. It’s one of the first decorations we hang, and every year he pulls up a stool to stand on and just admires the lights and springs the carrot nose back and forth. It brings him such joy, and is therefore my favorite decoration of the season.

Happy Holidays to all of you! May your year end with a warm and happy glow…like my friend Frosty brings to our house every year.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Roger said...

Great photo Micki. Perfect for the week.

10:32 AM  
Anonymous clarence said...

Timely picture, hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

10:35 AM  
Blogger Don said...

A fine looking hanging...well shot. A heart warming story of your life during this special season. May your Christmas be merry and especially bright!

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

That is just so sweet Micki...I love the shot and the story that goes with it.

Ouch! My son is attacking me again with the Velcro Nerf Darts...excuse me while I go exact my where is that super soaker...hmmm

11:44 AM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

im pretty much at a loss for words, thats really really really touching...lovely....

12:30 PM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

Excellent image. Hope the holidays are wonderful for you!

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Lovely shot, X_mas is really here...


1:46 PM  
Anonymous Jeff Ambrose said...

A Happy Holidays to you too Micki, I think New Year's Gifts should become an industry standard although then we would just procrastinate for that and have to invent another holiday after that.

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Lovely shot and story. :-)

2:31 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Micki. I love the glow from the image and the story 'brings it to life'. I have a similar story about a Christmas decoration so I will tell it on my blog tonight. Thanks for giving me the thought. Seasons greetings to you and all your family.

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Doug said...

That is a wonderful image of and story about your special holiday decoration.

5:12 PM  
Blogger photowannabe said...

Thank you for sharing from your heart. You have made great adjustments in order to celebrate.
I would like to wish you and yours the most joy filled Christmas season.
Oh and a Happy New Years too.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I love your stories! What a happy and festive shot this is. I really have to get into the christmas spirit! Its has seemed to have arrived much too quickly this year. I'm wrapped and ready to go though:)

6:43 PM  
Blogger Monterey John said...

And Merry Christmas to you, Micki. I'm wrapping presents tonight and heading up to Sacramento tomorrow for kids and grandchild. What a joy.

7:06 PM  
Anonymous anagnorisis said...

Merry xmas to you and your family Micki from warm and sunny Malaysia. And have a great year ahead.

Wonderful shot btw.

8:01 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Micki, that is just perfect. Thanks for all of the good holiday cheer and for sharing with us! I love the snowman!

8:43 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

Awww...that is so sweet!

10:24 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you too!

10:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it too!
Happy Solstice, happy holidays, happy New year, happy, happy, happy!

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Fantom Poet said...

A perfect Christmas image and I'm glad your son likes it hopefully he will take that memory into later life with a glow.

4:23 AM  
Anonymous navin said...

Nice shot and Merry Christmas.

5:06 AM  
Anonymous JK said...

Such heartwarming words and lovely photo. Wish you and your family the best holidays!! Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! Greetz, jetty

5:26 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

What bright, beautiful colors. Nice work.

5:34 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

The warmth of your words goes perfectly with that cozy image. I feel there is something in the celebrations at this time of year in which everyone can join and enjoy.

5:48 AM  
Anonymous Alistair-Digiphotology said...

Very seasonal, a great story behind it. Have a happy Christmas and a great New Year. Thanks for visiting my blog

6:05 AM  
Anonymous Ricardo said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Season's Greetings

6:11 AM  
Anonymous david said...

what a wonderful christmas tale - it's made my day! i hope you have the fantastic time that you deserve! Happy Christmas.

7:04 AM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

beautiful and cute decoration...i like the color and detail...look like snowman want to shaking yr hand:-P

11:32 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Once again, you pair a warm and wonderful image with a warm and wonderful story to match :-)

8:42 AM  

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