Tag: Christmas

A Fitting Goodbye to Christmas Past

A Fitting Goodbye to Christmas Past

A week of celebrating, and a drizzly, slate-gray morning have led me to reflect on some of the small moments of this big season. Yep, some fond memories and a cuppa joe are warming my winter chills this morning. Chastened by the benefits of age and expectation, I tend to enjoy Christmas in a less-is-more fashion. Gone […]

The Twelve Days of Christmas Vashon Island Style

The Twelve Days of Christmas Vashon Island Style

While The Twelve Days of Christmas is not my favorite Christmas carol, I think I could embrace it more wholeheartedly if the song was less about eighteenth-century England and more about the place in which I live: Vashon Island. Here’s my tongue-in-cheek try at a Christmas […]

Welcoming the Ghosts of Christmas Past

Welcoming the Ghosts of Christmas Past

Well, hello Christmas Past! Recollections can serve to fuel and warm the heart on a chilly winter day; here are a few  favorites from my Vashon Island home. Merry Christmas!

Shining Light on Winter’s Darkest Day

Shining Light on Winter’s Darkest Day

Winter Solstice: Let there be light. (Photo: Frank Charron) In the Pacific Northwest, light is a cherish commodity, a gift where gray skies are the norm and drizzle our daily condiment. When winter solstice nears, Island pagans everywhere light up knowing the next day will […]

When Christmas Came to Vashon Island

When Christmas Came to Vashon Island

The old place bedazzled by swags of C-9s. I was revisiting some of my past Christmas posts, and stumbled upon the one that follows. While I do hate to repeat myself, I thought, heck I’ve seen A Charlie Brown Christmas a bazillion times and I […]

Merry Christmas From My House to Yours

Merry Christmas From My House to Yours

No white stuff this year, but I love recalling 2008, when a lush blanket of snow halted everything on the island but our laughter and delight. What’s that Boz? You just spotted Sasquatch down by the orchard. Merry Christmas to all and to all a […]

Happiness Is a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

Happiness Is a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

Watching A Charlie Brown Christmas was as much of a holiday tradition growing up as pulling taffy, baking sugar cookies and hanging stockings.  First airing in 1965, the TV special was groundbreaking; a melancholy melon-headed kid with a jazz-scored life dared to asked, “Isn’t there […]

Recalling When Christmas Came to Vashon

Recalling When Christmas Came to Vashon

The old place bedazzled by swags of C-9s. I was revisiting some of my past Christmas posts, and stumbled upon the one that follows. While I do hate to repeat myself, I thought, heck I’ve seen A Charlie Brown Christmas a bazillion times and I […]

When Christmas Came to Vashon Island

When Christmas Came to Vashon Island

Living on an island has its challenges, but it also has its rewards, revealing special moments that speak to the kinship of isolation and the camaraderie of everyone being in (and on) the same boat. While commuting by ferry creates bottlenecks and headaches daily, it also fosters a bond, an unspoken appreciation that […]

The Spirit of Christmas Drives a Pickup

The Spirit of Christmas Drives a Pickup

Boz and Gracie prefer dry paws and wood heat. Each year I wonder if, when or where I’ll cross paths with the spirit of Christmas. Perhaps in a person, sometimes in a moment, always when I least expect it, the spirit of the season will […]