Monthly Archives: December 2018

Saints Among Us

It’s usually against my better judgment to go to Walmart on a Sunday at noon. There are just too many people. That said, I really needed to get a few things and hadn’t managed to go before then. My strategy was to go in and out through the garden center entrance. I knew there would be only one register open there but there was seldom a line. I found the items I needed and headed to the register. As I approached, I could see there was nobody in line. A sign advertising all Christmas items 50% off caught my eye. I diverted from my path to the register to get some wrapping paper for next year. Heck, it was 50% off.

As I headed back to the register, there was a woman ahead of me putting items on the conveyor belt. She was my age, Hispanic, and well dressed with long brown hair. I looked at her cart to see how long the wait would be. It was filled with little Christmas items. There must have been twenty Santa hats and tons of those headbands that have reindeer antlers on them. Her basket was filled with novelties that the lone cashier would have to individually scan. Suddenly my strategy of using the garden center entrance was not working out so well. I groaned internally. I wanted to be home for the start of the Patriots game.

“You certainly seem ready for next Christmas.” I said to the woman.

“Oh this?” she replied. “This is for the children in my country. They are very poor and have never had a real Christmas. Next year when I go home for Christmas, I will bring this to them. They will have a good Christmas.”

“Where are you from?” I asked

“Columbia. I just flew back on the 26th. The town I am from is very small. We never had Christmas when I was a girl. But next year the children in my town, they will know Christmas.”

While the clerk scanned all of the items, she told me about her village in Columbia and life there. The Patriots game became a minor concern. Her total was around $80. That’s a lot of novelty Christmas items, but they’ll bring a lot of smiles.

Happy New Year.


This is a classic Boston image made from the Harborwalk behind the Moakley Courthouse looking at the harbor cruise boats, Boston Harbor Hotel and the surrounding buildings. The peaked tower in the back with the clock is the old Customs House Tower. It is now a Marriott property.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden – II

These are some of the lights that Tower Hill has for the Christmas Season. Tickets to see the lights are timed and sell out well in advance. We planned too late last year but managed to get tickets this year.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

The other evening, we visited Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA. They have a special Christmas Lights program that runs through December. It’s challenging to get tickets. We booked them well in advance. These are some of the indoor images that I made. Their orangerie is beautiful. Tomorrow, we will go outside.

Christmas Crafts

I made these carolers for my mother 30 years ago. She’d stopped using them a couple of years back and last Christmas returned them to me. I gave them a fresh coat of paint and put them out next to our house with a floodlight on them and few white sparkly lights on the fence behind them. They make me smile each night when I pull in the driveway after class.

Last year, I tried making a reindeer from wood using some old logs. It was okay but fell apart over the summer. We recently had some trees taken down. I used the fresh timber to make this guy. I’m getting better and faster at making them.