Sunday, January 7, 2018

Christmas retrospective

Today, the Christmas season came to an end. It was a season full of bright color, laughter, and music. It was a time to get together with family and to sing with friends. The snow was bright and glittery and fluffy. For some of my friends, the Christmas season brought loss and sadness. I hope that the Christmas season brought them love and support, in the midst of loss.

Below are some of the bright colors of this Christmas season.

Grand Island Town Hall

Welcome to Grand Island Town Hall.
Grand Island Town Hall is decorated for the season. These bulbs are hung near the ceiling of the first floor. Notice how one of these bulbs acts as a mirror for everything going on beneath it.


In the office of the assistant to the town supervisor.


Second floor of town hall.


Momma De's Mixing Bowl
This is a bakery and cafe in Grand Island. You can enjoy breakfast or lunch here. Also available for sale are cookies, cupcakes, and other baked goods. 


This is a wreath befitting a bakery.

Not only can you eat delicious foods at Momma De's, you can also take classes, which are offered monthly. In December, the class offered was about decorating cookie trees. I decorated two cookie trees, and here is one of them. 

Here are some of the cookies that were decorated before they were assembled into cookie trees.

Apple Granny's in Lewiston, NY

A few days before Christmas, I went out to lunch with my Zumba class. We went to Apple Granny's in Lewiston. Santa Claus was there to watch us to make sure that we were nice and not naughty.

Santa and friends are dressed for the cold and the snow.


Restaurant activity, through a mirror.

The world, in shades of red.

Vivian's house

On Christmas Eve, I went to my sister Vivian's house, for family time. The house was decorated in a whimsical style for the season.

There was a great stack of gifts, for everyone there.

Here is a church in the Christmas village.

Abstract art and Santa in a bubble.

Santa, who is very gray and very large, is ready to bring all sorts of goodies to everyone. Sometimes, we wonder if Santa Claus is real. Young Virginia O'Hanlon asked that question of the editor of the New York Sun in 1897. She was eight years old.


The editor told her, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence...You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.
No Santa Claus! Thank God! He lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood."

Virginia grew up and married and became Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas. After her daughter was born, her husband left her. Virginia went to college and earned a bachelor's degree. She became a teacher, and she earned a master's degree and, in 1930, she earned a doctorate from Fordham University. She credited the letter that she received at the age of eight with influencing the direction in which her life took. In 1969, two years before she passed away, she was photographed with Santa Claus.



Gingerbread houses, decorated by my great nieces, Claire and Addie.


Winter greenery.

Saint Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, Grand Island

Christmas at church was colorful and bright and full of winter greenery.



This Nativity scene came from the Holy Land.






Buffalo Launch Club, Grand Island

I went to the Buffalo Launch Club for the inauguration of Town Councilwoman Jennifer Baney, Town Councilman Pete Marston, Jr., Town Highway Superintendent Richard Crawford, Jr., and Town Justice Peter Frentzel.



9 comments:

Martha DeMeo said...

We too had some sadness in the lose of our dear friend. But we also had a great time with our grandson and his girl friend that came down from Indiana for Christmas week. All your photos are wonderful but the one with the Cardinal is my favorite.

The Gratitude Guru said...

Keep the season going!

I wish that everyone would keep that friendly happy holiday season mood all year.

May 2108 be a happy year!

Havandra said...

I love the photos Alice, and the way you captured the sentiments of Christmas. I was a long way from my family in Australia but had my first white Christmas in Seattle. It was magic!

em said...

It's always sad when Christmas is over...

Jeanine Byers said...

As Em said, it's always sad when Christmas is over! Which is why I have incorporated Christmas into my spiritual practice. I love those pictures!! Especially that Santa globe.

Anamika Agnihotri said...

I love how beautiful the world looks around this time of the year with the Christmas and New Year decorations. In my part of the world, Diwali is that festival time when the world gets lit up with decorations, lamps and lights.
All the photos in the post were lovely. Even my 6-year-old son, who watched them sitting beside me said, "these are nice."

Cerebrations.biz said...

You obviously love Xmas decorations!

Reema D'souza said...

These are such lovely pictures of Christmas celebrations!
May the New Year bring you lot of happiness!

Alana said...

Beautiful photos - the holiday season seems so far away now.