“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
— Charles Dickens

Wreath made of colorful ball ornaments

“I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into the holidays – let them overtake me unexpectedly – waking up some fine morning and suddenly saying to myself: ‘Why, this is Christmas Day!'”
— David Grayson

I like the idea of parceling out the special treats of the Christmas season over the entire year, but especially during these final days leading up to Christmas Day itself.  I will take each Christmas-y moment as it comes, and try to attend to its unique colors, sounds, and scents.

Here are a few moments I captured with my camera at Swansons Nursery in Seattle, still early in this year’s holiday season.

Young shopper at Swansons Nursery

Amaryllis in bloom

Pine cone and squirrel ornaments for sale

Luminous pear ornaments for sale

One of the reindeer at Swansons Nursery

A garland of bells

Decisions, decisions

Red bows

Radio Flyer shopping “cart”



Old-Fashioned Ribbon Candy

December 23, 2011

Old-fashioned ribbon candy

Stack of ribbon candy

I have a memory of ribbon candy tied like dangling ornaments from my grandparents’ Christmas tree.  We lived with my grandparents in our old farm house until I was five years old, and then they moved to a smaller, new house on a corner of the farm property.  So this is an old memory.  I have no other associations with ribbon candy — I don’t remember eating it or my mother decorating with it.  So ribbon candy feels old-fashioned to me — I call it “Grandma candy,” like those soft pastel peanut candies or gumdrops.

Ink sketch of ribbon candy

Watercolor sketches of ribbon candy

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,
Everywhere you go . . .”
— Meredith Wilson

It’s fun going to nurseries to see all of the holiday greens and home decor items.  Here are some more photos from Molbak’s Nursery.

Flocked pinecone and pine needles

Ribbon candy ornaments

Poinsettia teapot


Molbak's Annual Festival of Poinsettias