Thursday, December 24, 2020

Review of Christmas Season 2020

red Christmas candle

 Christmas 2020 will soon be "Christmas past" and it certainly has been one for the books.  We will remember it as the year of the pandemic, the year without large family gatherings, the year of wearing masks, the year without Christmas parties, and the year of live stream church services.  And has not been a year without joy for me.  I may have had to look a bit to find it in other activities but as this Christmas season draws to a close I find  that I feel peace even in these crazy times.

Photographing our Decorations

I thoroughly enjoy my photography hobby and this year has given me a lot of time to take classes on photography and Photoshop.  I used some of my new found skills to photograph our holiday decorations.  Here are a few of my favorites. The first two are our tree and the outside of the house.  On both of them I used some new filters I learned how to use on a Photoshop online class.
decorated Christmas tree

decorated home for Christmas

The next two photos were made for a photography challenge on a group that gives us a weekly theme and we come up with creative ideas.  The theme for this week was "bubble wrap".

Christmas Cactus photographed through bubble wrap

Red Christmas ornament photographed through bubble wrap

Watching Christmas Movies New and Old

I have enjoyed watching movies I have not watched for sometime and also I've found a few new Christmas movies to enjoy.  Last week fellow reviewer Sam Monaco wrote a review on Bing Crosby and White Christmas and it inspired me to rewatch that classic Christmas movie.  Here is a link to Sam's review. Bing Crosby

I also watched a movie that was new to me, although it came out in 2013.  It is called The Christmas Candle and has a delightful story of a minister who comes to a church in a small English village.  

The True Meaning of Christmas

Nativity scene inside of cross

The photo above depicts one of our Christmas decorations.  It is one of my favorites.  It is a cross that holds within it the scenes from the first Christmas.  As in every Christmas it is important to keep our hearts on the seasons true meaning.  

Luke 2:11

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

King James Version (KJV)

May you and your family experience Peace and Joy during this Christmas and throughout the coming year! 

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  1. Such a lovely way, through your photographs and words, to express your Christmas Joy, Mary Beth. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  2. Love this Mary Beth. Your photography skills improve all the time and I always enjoy seeing what you capture. I love the cross in your home, it is beautiful and very fitting for Christmas (IMHO). May I also wish you and all your family the very best blessed Christmas and the Happiest of New Years.

  3. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos with us today Mary Beth! They are lovely, I've never seen The Christmas Candle. That is one I will watch soon for sure. Merry Christmas to you and your family! May God bless you and keep you safe!!!

  4. Thank you for sharing your positive way of dealing with the restrictions and challenges of the past year, and your beautiful, uplifting Christmas photos, Mary Beth! Wishing you and those you love a wonderful holiday and a safe, blessed, and beautiful 2021.

  5. I love Luke 2:11 - I always hear Linus on the Charlie Brown Christmas special when I hear that - one of my absolute faves - Love the filter affects as well - kind of vintage feel for sure

  6. Thank you Mary Beth. I love your photos and like you I have found joy during this strange year in taking photographs. I have also enjoyed watching films I never usually get the chance to watch. I love your positive spirit.Blessings to you and yours.

  7. We did have to look at life a little bit differently in 2020 including at Christmas time. You did a great job finding some things that bring you happiness even in a difficult time.


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