December Photo Challenge: Holly Jolly

Well, December just flew right by me. Entrepreneur and I try and get most of the gift shopping/shipping done by Thanksgiving so we can enjoy Christmas festivities without a lot of stress…..because we’ve had enough stress the last two months to last a lifetime. We were ready for a little Holly Jolly! And thanks to PJ and his Photo Blogging Challenge, I can show you a little of what we did this month.

Holly Jolly 1
Peanut is in both band and choir at her middle school. They had a combined winter concert in December where parents and friends could attend in person. I don’t have a pic of her band concert for this challenge since she is very short, sits in the back of the orchestra set up and plays the trombone. I did get some awesome shots of the top of her head. Choir was better as she was in the front of the risers.

Holly Jolly 2
Entrepreneur’s mom escaped from the rehab center the first of the month feeling very jolly so we took her on a three-day trip to Branson, MO. Our destination was Sight and Sound Theatre to watch a live production called Jesus. On the way into the theatre, we stopped at the ginormous Christmas tree out front.

Holly Jolly 3
Breakfast with Santa was back on after last year’s pandemic leave of absence. Twix is still fascinated by the jolly ol’ elf and was excited to see him again. Peanut, being 13, kept socially distanced from him despite his best effort to engage her in conversation.

Holly Jolly 4
Every year I try and get “Santa hat” photos of the grand girls. Peanut, (being 13, ya know) was unavailable that particular Saturday so Cabo was volunteered to stand in for her. Getting him to wear the Santa hat was marginally successful.

Holly Jolly 5
Every December we try and get to our church’s Magic Tree on a Friday night. It’s a holly jolly good time with hot chocolate, cookies, kettle corn, holiday music, and other activities like balloons animals and face painting. The tree is an 85-foot Sycamore and is dressed in about 200,000 LED bulbs that span 38 miles of lights. Mercifully, the temps were mild this year and we didn’t freeze to death.

Holly Jolly Bonus
Just a few more pics for the monthly prompt. This is my way of sneaking in more than five “official” pics. The top one is our church on Christmas Eve. Each week during Advent, more lights, candles and trees are added so by Christmas Eve, the stage is fully adorned with the spirit of Christmas. The bottom left is our tree at home and, of course, the bottom right is Cabo sporting his Christmas-y kerchief.

That’s my Holly Jolly five+ for December. A sincere thank you to PJ for hosting this photo challenge every month for those of us who love to feed our shutterbug cravings. Check out other holly jolly December pics from people around the world over at A ‘lil HooHaa around the first of January.

I wish for everyone a safe and happy new year as we take that first step into 2022.

12 thoughts on “December Photo Challenge: Holly Jolly

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  2. OUTSTANDING selection of images, Lisa! I love each and everyone of them! That photo of Twix and Santa is PRICELESS because not only is it a stellar photograph, but you can feel the tender exchange between them.

    That face painting is AWESOME! And what fun!

    And just in case I haven’t told you this enough, LOL!, Cabo has got THE MOST adorable face! OMG…I love his sweet eyes!

    Well done, my friend!

    Wishing you and your family a glorious New Year. Happy 2022!

    X and Cheers!

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  3. Up until today I didn’t realize Peanut and Colin are the same age 😉 I consider myself lucky he’s patient with his paparazzi Mom. I didn’t even try to get him to wear a Santa hat though.Missed opportunity! Good thing Cabo stepped up at your end!
    I admired your magic tree when you posted it on FB. It must take so much patience for these lovely people to set it up. If you get a chance, thank them and let them know folks in Switzerland enjoyed it a lot!

    Happy new year!

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  4. Excellent set of photos! The ones of cabo are great! And that tree… my goodness! All those lights! Do they leave them up all year and only light them around the holidays, or do they take them down each year and then back up? Your granddaughters are really growing too… 13 years old for the oldest? Goodness.

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  5. Despite Peanut having reached the age where she’s allergic to photos (unless they’re selfies?), you finished out the month with another great photo set that includes both grandkids. And those trees?! Just wow! I’ve made a note on the December 2022 page of my planner to get out and photograph some Christmas lights…just didn’t bother this past Christmas, and don’t want to experience same feeling of regret a year from now. Wishing you and your whole family a healthy, happy 2022.

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