Happy Winter Solstice!

 "Happy Holidays to all my friends" (and family)!!

"Happy Holidays to all my friends" (and family)!!

Today is the shortest day of the year and that can only mean one thing - the days are going to be getting longer from now on!  Yay!  It's dark this time of year, that's true, and rainy, too, here in the Pacific Northwest, which can sort of make one feel like never going outside again.  Just cuddling up indoors under a comforter and waiting patiently for spring's arrival..... But the lovely holiday lights & decorations around town DO make the darkness much more bearable - even joyful!  And when the decorations have been stowed away for another year, we have longer days and spring to look forward to.....

 Ahhhh.....the sweet smell of spring

Ahhhh.....the sweet smell of spring

In the meantime, please take a vicarious trip to Europe with me and feast your eyes on Christmas in France and Italy:

 Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

 Paris.  A "tree" of macarons!

Paris.  A "tree" of macarons!

 Avignon

Avignon

 Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

 .....and again

.....and again

 And again...

And again...

 Almost like being there - ha!

Almost like being there - ha!

 Torino

Torino

 Parisian Christmas topiary

Parisian Christmas topiary

 A great ornament!

A great ornament!

 Venice

Venice

There will be a full moon this Christmas so I hope you'll keep your eyes peeled for Santa!

Joyeux Noel & Buon Natale to all!!!  xoxo

Posted on December 21, 2015 and filed under Holiday.