Friday, December 19, 2014

December 19, 2014 Photo (353/365): "Candy Canes"
(#decemberphotochallenge Day 19: Candy Cane)

The next time you enjoy this traditional Christmas treat consider its significance. According to folklore, the choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral in 1670 suggested that the little ones be given a piece of candy to keep them quiet during the Christmas Eve Living Crèche. A local confectioner concocted the first candy canes to silence the children while reminding them of Jesus' goodness. The canes are shaped like shepherds' staffs to help children remember that Jesus is the Good Shepherd. The original candies were white to represent purity and the Virgin birth. In the 20th Century, the red stripes were added: a bold stripe to represent God's love and three fine stripes to represent the Holy Trinity. Peppermint is similar to hyssop, a mint used for purification and sacrifice in the Old Testament. It's flavor symbolizes the purity of Jesus and the sacrifice He made for our redemption.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

 December 17, 2014 Photo (352/365): "Stockings"
(#decemberphotochallenge Day 18: Stockings)

"The stockings were hung by the chimney with care."
Clement C. Moore, A Visit from St. Nicholas


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

 December 17, 2014 Photo (351/365): "Classic"
(#decemberphotochallenge Day 17: Presents)

Chanel N°5 - Classics never go out of style!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December 16, 2014 Photo (350/365): "Tiffany's"
(#decemberphotochallenge Day 16: Outdoor Christmas Lights)

I knew my schedule wouldn't allow me to capture outdoor lights today, but there's so much I love about this flashback photo. First, what girl wouldn't love a present from Tiffany's ("Come & fill my Christmas tree, with some decorations bought at Tiffany's")?  I also love the art deco architecture, the lovely fairy lights, the light dusting of snow, and best of all, the Tiffany-blue hue of the windows. This picture makes me want to go shopping in Chicago or, better yet, New York where I could channel my inner Audrey!


Monday, December 15, 2014

December 15, 2014 Photo (349/365): "Carols"
(#decemberphotochallenge - Day 15: Favorite Holiday Song)

It was hard to choose a favorite holiday song, but I narrowed it down to two that, for me, epitomize the reason for the season: Schubert's Ave Maria (not technically a Christmas song, but so lovely and a special part of our wedding ceremony) and O Holy Night (which I love in both English and French). One of my favorites aspects of the holiday season is the music. My own Christmas playlist goes into heavy rotation as soon as I start decorating after Thanksgiving. It's an eclectic mix, but each song evokes special memories. Some songs are traditional, sacred, timeless; others are silly, even ridiculous, but each reflects aspects of home and the time when I grew up. 

Melinda's Christmas Playlist (Enjoy & be kind ;)

I just realized Silent Night isn't on the list. What's the best version? 
What else have I forgotten?  What's on your list?
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