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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2010

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care . . .

Merry Christmas from my house to yours!

Favorite monkey sock ornament

We use the same ornaments year after year, adding a few new ones now and then.

Vintage Santa ornament from my childhood on the farm

Watercolor sketch of Santa ornament

Another watercolor sketch of the Santa ornament

Santa Sighting at Starbucks

December 19, 2010

Santa Claus stopping by the local Starbucks coffee shop

I was at Starbucks enjoying a cup of coffee and writing a letter to my sister, when Santa Claus walked in!  I never knew he was a patron of Starbucks, but I’m not surprised.  I suppose like many of us he, too, needs caffeine to carry him through the long dark days of winter.

Santa placing his order at the Starbucks counter

Kudos to Santa for his re-usable cup!

“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.  He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.”
     — Francis Church, from The Sun of September 21, 1897

Santa at Swanson's Nursery in Ballard

Young child visiting Santa

Sitting on Santa's knee

The gift of a candy cane from Santa

"Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever."

“The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see.”
     — Francis Church, The Sun of September 21, 1897

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2009

A child's first Santa visit at Molbak's Nursery

“It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas. . .”
     — Charles Dickens

Daughter dancing in Christmas tree skirt, 1993

Believe

December 18, 2009

Santa Claus at Molbak's Nursery

Shy child on Santa's lap

On Santa's lap

Santa Claus in the flesh

“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist.”
     ~Francis P. Church