December Photo Challenge: Holly Jolly

With December’s photo challenge from PJ, we say adios to 2017. This month’s challenge is, of course, Holly Jolly in celebration of the holidays….which come the same time every year….yet I’m never fully prepared.

But, here are my five for December.

Holly Jolly 1

We kicked off the season with a holiday concert at Peanut’s school with lots of fun songs about the season. My favorite was Zoot Suit Santa, compete with “shades” and attitude. Peanut doesn’t normally like to be the center of attention, but seemed to enjoy herself as much as we enjoyed watching her.

Holly Jolly 2

The tree went up the day after Thanksgiving and I was a bit concerned it would be down by the first of December because of a very excitable 50 pound, 8 month old pupper. But he didn’t mess with any of it! The closest time came when Bridget, the kitty, ran under the tree….it was a bit touch and go for a few minutes, but it still stands.

Holly Jolly 3

Two little grand-elves, Peanut and Twix, celebrating the season of giving. I laughed when I saw the photo with the upside-down Ho Ho Ho paper. I think it may work both ways. At 9 and 3, they are growing up too fast.

Holly Jolly 4

It came the morning of Christmas Eve. White stuff falling from the sky just in time to ensure a white Christmas. Cabo’s first Christmas and first snowfall. He had a jolly time outside.

Holly Jolly 5

This is a Magic Tree. It’s one of a few trees like this around our town, but definitely the biggest. Our church created it from an 85 foot tall Sycamore on the grounds. There are 38 miles of lights on this tree, with 200,000 bulbs…representing each person in our county. The symbolism is each light reminds us of a person in our community that is precious in God’s sight.

As with each bulb on this tree, may we all strive to be points of light in the dark places of this world….especially when it looks like all the other lights are out. Our love can shine in the darkness and light the way.

I hope everyone had wonderful holidays filled with lots of Jolly Holly moments. Please take a few minutes and visit PJ’s place to enjoy more jolliness.

6 thoughts on “December Photo Challenge: Holly Jolly

  1. Aaawww, indeed very holly, jolly pictures in this post! Especially love the 200k light bulbs = members of your county community, very thoughtful idea! I was gonna say, I am not worried about your baby dog messing up your beautiful Christmas tree, but if there are kitties involved…
    A very happy new year to you and your family!

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  2. Each month more memories are created, memories that will bring joy for years to come. It’s those joys that help us endure and survive the less bright moments in life. Wishing you and all of your loved ones many more joys in the new year!

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  3. FANTASTIC selection of photographs for this challenge, Lisa! Each one of them made me smile 🙂

    And I can’t get over how much Cabo has grown!?! I remember him when you first got him as a pup. He is still the cutest dog ever!

    Wishing you and your family a Happy, Healthy, and Blessed New Year!

    Cheers and X

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  4. Lisa, I cannot believe this is Peanut!!! All of sudden, she looks so grown up!
    So glad to hear that your Christmas tree survived. 🙂 Strangely enough, ours did also. Evie paid very little attention to it, but I was sure that when Max (my son’s dog and Evie’s brother) arrived it would surely be over, if only by accident, but no. It’s still intact and standing! 🙂

    I absolutely LOVE the Magic Tree.

    I wish you all the most wonderful things in the New Year, my friend.

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  5. Lisa, thanks for sharing a few of your family holiday photos with us. They are lovely. The story of the 38 miles of lights on the tree and the symbolism of the individual bulbs, though….touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. Well done!! Wishing you and yours all the best in 2018.


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