Merry Christmas

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One of my favorite things about Christmas is arranging my manger scene. I picked it out when I was little. I have added a few pieces during the past few years, the lambs may be my favorites.  I have it on my piano so I see it everyday.

I have also been known to leave it out past New Year’s, at least until Twelfth Night, which is Epiphany.

Manger Scene

Manger Scene
Auseklis Ozols Painting

 

To put the holidays into perspective, I enjoy these words written by Jim Bishop:

“There was a man born of Jewish parents in an obscure village. He grew up in another obscure village. He worked in a carpenter shop until he was 30, and then for 3 years he was an itinerate preacher. He never wrote a book, he never held office, he never owned a home, he never had a family, he never went to college, he never put his foot inside a big city, he never traveled 200 miles from the place where he was born. He never did any of the things that usually accompany greatness. While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away from him. He was turned over to his enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. His executioners gambled for the only piece of property he had, his coat. When he was dead, he was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave. All the armies that have ever marched, all of the navies that were ever built, all of the parliaments that ever sat, all of the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon the earth as has this one solitary life.”

Have a Blessed Christmas!
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It’s Not Too Late

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If you’ve been receiving Christmas and Holiday cards this week and are now regretting not  printing a card, it’s not too late!

I usually print Merry Christmas and Happy New Year on my cards which gives me time into January to get them out. I have  friends who send out Mardi Gras cards and Easter cards. Your friends like to see you and your family. Sometimes  it’s nice to stand out at a different time of the year.

Here are a few of my photography client’s cards.

Clients' Christmas cards 2012

This year, mine says Joyeux Noel, which is French for Merry Christmas. It’s in French, so I feel it encompasses the essence of the season in Lousiana. The image is of Cafe’ Brulot, which is a New Orleans creole coffee with a flaming liquored orange and spices. The back has the pups, which everyone likes to see.

2012 Christmas Card

2012 Christmas Card

It’s not too late to send your greetings to those you care about.

Off to finish my list!
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Christmas Cards

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Christmas Cards are one of my favorite things during the holiday season. The first card usually arrives around Thanksgiving and the daily excitement of going to the mailbox commences! This is also my reminder to print my own cards.

Christmas Cards Are Arriving!

We have beautiful stamp choices this year. I love anything with a piece of art on it. The simplicity of the silhouette in the desert is quite graphic.

Christmas Stamps

A few years ago, I put together a scrapbook of cards I received that year. I used pieces of Christmas wrap and stamps from that year to work in with the cards. It’s fun to take it out and see how friends and family have grown. Yes, of course, I need to do last year’s and catch up! As you can see, I love plaid!

Christmas Scrapbook

This year for my card, I used one of my New Orleans photos of Cafe’ Brulot. This Creole tradition is a coffee and spice mixture with orange curacao and flaming brandy. And of course, the pups made the back!

2012 Christmas Card

Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Greetings!
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