"Strings of street lights" at Westlake Park, Seattle

“City sidewalks, busy sidewalks,
Dressed in holiday style.
In the air
There’s a feeling
Of Christmas  . . .
— from “Silver Bells” by Ray Evans

The colors and sounds of the holidays cheer our dark days of December.  Here are some photos from an evening in the city:

Lobby of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle

Carolers in Nord Alley, Pioneer Square

Gingerbread Exhibit, Sheraton Hotel lobby

Carousel and Macy's star, Westlake Center

Santa photos behind the plate-glass window at Nordstrom's

Wish upon a star

“O Star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright.
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy Perfect Light.”
— from “We Three Kings of Orient Are” by the Reverend John Henry Hopkins


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


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