Monday, December 19, 2011

Creative Exchange

Linking with Lisa for this week's Creative Exchange. 

Nutcracker Sweet
Nutcracker Sweet

It truly is nearly Christmas.  I'm still trying to block it out, to keep it from becoming the extra-huge commercially inspired and fired holiday that it's become.  I find the longer I pretend it's not there, the less the ads and hype, the "have tos", spoil the essence of it all for me.  I've been called a Scrooge, but I am not.  I just want to be able to see through all the smoke and mirrors, ribbons and bows, to something simple and more meaningful. 

Yesterday I went to my parents house to watch a little football with my Pop.  I couldn't escape noticing the gigantic tree my folks have put up right inside the door. Unexpectedly my 3 yr old niece and 5 yr old nephew were there checking out Grammy and Grampy's tree.  THAT is a simple thing.  Legitimate joy and wonder.

As this week rushes towards the weekend, I'm going to keep my pace slow, stay out of the fray, and watch from a distance-like a photographer-for the "un-hyped" parts of Christmas.

Porch Lights
Porch Lights


gina said...

Sounds like a lovely way to celebrate the holiday -- no hype and no commercialism. Great capture in the window there. Have a joyful holiday!

Merike said...

Porch Lights image are very brilliant.

I wish you lovely Christmas holiday :)

Greetings, Merike

Ms. Becky said...

oh I am so with you on the "staying out of the fray" part of it. Watching the football game yesterday the commercials and hype just got to be too much. I try to stay away from the T and V as much as possible. I enjoy your simple take on the season with the nutcrackers and holiday lights. Happy Monday to you my friend.

Kay L. Davies said...

You're so right. A 3-year-old and a 5-year-old are the perfect companions at this time of year. Simple pleasures are best.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

Rosie said...

Sounds like a fantastic plan to me, Susan! And isn't it just wonderful to see the pure joy of children? Have a wonderful time, Susan!
Oh, and of course I love your photos :-)

Kathy said...

Great plan AND outlook! Lovin' that porch lights capture. So soft and magical. Perfect!


Tamar SB said...

These pictures capture the holiday season beautifully!! Love them!

Brenda said...

I admire you for finding a way to make the holiday meaningful to you, regardless of the hustle and bustle of the commercial world and what they tell us this time should be. Keep true to what your heart tells you this should be.

lisa said...

This sounds like a wonderful plan Susan!
There really are so many simple things that are missed because of all of the "other" doings.

Thank you so much for sharing at The Creative Exchange this week.

I wish you a beautiful Holiday!


urban muser said...

i love the reflection in the window in that first shot!

Nadege, said...

Great reflections.

Getting together with the family and keeping it simple, is what it is all about for me.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Nifty reflection. Perfect for the season. Thanks for stopping by via Francisca's blog. Hope you'll visit again.

JM said...

Love the Porch Lights! What a beautiful image.

EG Wow said...

I think it's great that you are on the sidelines of all the hype. It's a far, far better place to be and I think you will enjoy Christmas all the more for it.

Pat said...

I like your attitude about Christmas. Have a lovely, peaceful holiday!

Anita Johnson said...

Let's approach Christmas with an expectant hush,
rather than a last-minute rush.

God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth;
the all of Christmas, which is Christ.
--Wilda English

Merry Christmas to you!