Welcome to JOYFUL REFLECTIONS. Also welcome to SEPTEMBER. My header photo this month shows a Sunset over the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, taken from our balcony at Skyland Resort in August, 2020. Have a great month ahead.
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Monday, December 19, 2016
|Welcome to a BILTMORE ESTATE CHRISTMAS 2016|
George and I celebrated Christmas on 12/14/16 at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. And the best news for us was that we (everyone) could now take pictures inside the home (as long as we did not use the flash). We had not been inside the big home for several years (mainly because they didn't allow photos to be taken)--- SO it was like a brand-new experience for us... Oh My HEART.... Did we have a great time!!!!!!!! WOW.....
The theme this year is "Hearth and Home" ---so their decorations paid special attention to the many fireplaces in the house.... Did you know that there were at least 70 elaborate, hand decorated trees in that mansion? Unbelievable!!!! (I'll show pictures of some of the many trees soon.) There was live music (choirs, instrumentalists, etc.) throughout each area --so just being there with all of that colorful beauty and the sounds of Christmas music all around made me feel as if I was truly in heaven on earth... Thanks to George for this wonderful Christmas present!!!!! THAT is what Christmas is all about to me...
Today, I'll share just a few pictures of some of the gorgeous HEARTHS in the home... Hope you enjoy seeing these pictures of SUCH an amazingly beautiful home... You can click on them for enlargements.
I'll close with a picture of the Winter Garden area inside the house... (The first and last pictures are NOT mine. I got them from the Biltmore site since their pictures turned out MUCH better than mine.) IF you want to read/see more info about the Biltmore Christmas, click HERE. We highly recommend a trip to Biltmore --especially at Christmas.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Monday, December 12, 2016
|This is what Christmas is all about at our home.|
On Christmas Eve, one tradition is to sit quietly and listen to the MESSIAH from beginning to end... This helps us relax and take in the true meaning of the Birth of our Christ. We also take time to go to church for the Christmas Eve Service... After getting home, we share a glass of Eggnog (or wine) and each of us opens ONE gift before going to bed.
Then on Christmas Day, we first read our devotions and then have breakfast... After that, we both get dressed, and spend quite a bit of time taking lots of Christmas pictures together... (We choose one of our favorite pictures for the following year's Christmas Cards.)
After the pictures, we always are involved with church activities/service. When we get home, we open our gifts --taking pictures throughout the day... I love going back through all of our Christmas pictures from previous years. The memories are fantastic...
The afternoon is spent relaxing, napping, listening to music and just enjoying the JOY all around us, while celebrating Baby Jesus' birth... Then, about 4:00----we enjoy a delicious dinner together (usually turkey and the trimmings)....
Well---those are some of our Christmas Traditions... Today, I'll share some of the pictures from Christmas of 2015.... Hope you enjoy them!!!!
|Another Tradition is to exchange ornaments (some very unique and/or silly)... As you can tell from this one, our Backyard Birds are a BIG part of our lives here in Fairfield Glade!!!!! ha|
|Our wonderful fireplace and the Fireplace Babies are also a big part of our lives.|
|Here's a happy lady--enjoying a gorgeous canvas picture from George.|
|Santa left some BAD GIRL a sack of coal for Christmas...... Wonder why????|
|WELL---maybe this would be the reason for the 'sack of coal' ornament above... Ya think?????? ha ha|
|NO SNOW (in 2015) ---but "Baby, it was cold outside".... I love my new mittens!|
|I surprised George this year with a canvas of us --taken when we were at the Grand Tetons in late August.|
|Oh --how I love this man of mine!!!!|
|George makes me laugh and he makes me cry... I loved the Willow Gift (called TOGETHER) that he gave me.|
|George does warm my heart.....|
|Two people in love, having fun on Christmas Day, 2015|
Monday, December 5, 2016
|Poinsettia Tree at Biltmore (11/20/16)|
On the road to Florida, we stopped by the Biltmore House and Gardens in Asheville, North Carolina, to take some Christmas pictures. I wanted some new pictures for my December headers for my blogs, for Google+ and for Facebook...
We enjoyed walking through the Conservatory ---and I really enjoyed seeing all kinds of different sizes and shapes and colors of POINSETTIAS. My header (above) is a picture of some of the brightest hot pink Poinsettias I have ever seen.
Today, I'll share with you a few more pictures taken on that day (11/20/16) at Biltmore. You can click on the pictures for enlargements.
|Light Pink Poinsettias at Biltmore (11/20/16)|
|Some Red and White Poinsettias at Biltmore (11/20/16)|
|A beautiful Multi-Colored Poinsettia at Biltmore (11/20/16)|
Hope all of you will have a blessed December.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Anyhow---as much as I love blogging and love ALL of you, and even though I have tons of pictures I haven't shown yet, I just feel as if I HAVE to take a break for a little while... I'll be back soon I'm sure. In the meantime, have a great Thanksgiving...
God's Blessings on ALL of you.