You see, I want everything to look good during the daylight hours, but a special part of Christmas for me has always been seeing everything at night. There's just something magical about Christmas decorations at night. I love the play of light and shadows, and reflections... even if they're "only" light gleaming on the spines of books. Some of this light play has been done intentionally, but several instances have been pure serendipity, and I love that.
I've been asked over the years why I do it. Why do I go to so much trouble? It's not like I have a huge family or conduct an open house. To some people, this just doesn't make sense. Fortunately, it only has to make sense to me. I've been very fortunate in that many cherished family members and friends have given me decorations over the years. Most of them have been handmade. Using the gifts these very special people have given me makes them all a part of my celebration.
I'm going to let the pictures speak for themselves. Click on the photos if you'd like to see them in larger sizes in new windows. I will number them so if you have any questions about any of them, you can refer to the photo number in your comments.
|#22 My very own elf!|