Last year at this time we were just settling into our temporary house in Mazatlan, and the year before we were hanging out in the little town of Alamos in Mexico. This year we're here in Victoria getting into the Christmas spirit. It's kind of a nice feeling. I'm playing a Christmas CD and thinking about stocking stuffers and sorting out details about Christmas dinner. Just this afternoon I went out the shed and brought in the boxes of Christmas lights, ornaments, magazines and home decor. It's been out there for almost three years and I find I'm starting to feel a glimmer of excitement about the season.
I have mixed feelings about Christmas, having lost a few close family members at this time of year, and now that our son Jamie is an adult there doesn't seem to be too much point in having a big celebration. But after a break of two years from the seasonal celebration I'm ready. We'll also have the pleasure of a visit from seven year old Callie who is still of an age for Christmas magic. Tomorrow we'll put some outdoor lights up--and so it begins.
These are Christmas colours from last year: the hibiscus and the palm fruit.