Holiday Lights

Holiday lights. As the days get shorter and shorter, and with gloomy gray, wet, cold days, we all long for brighter lights and sunshine and warmth. I have no doubt in my mind that mankind has longed for this each time winter rolls around. We are no different. I’ll admit that those lights of this season do lift my spirits, and I enjoy viewing them in (and on) other peoples homes.  

Kat has a good article on taking photos of those holiday lights, which you can read by clicking here.  I recently took my camera and tripod outside at night and was able to get a few images of holiday lights in my own neighborhood.  

This is a great example of why you should not shake the camera, even if you have it on the tripod. But even with the blur I like how these lights look. 
I love the warm inviting glow that lights up this porch. You may be able to see the little teddy bear sitting inside the window…so cute!
This large, stately brick home always has a grand entrance display, and the soft light of a single candle in each window.
Though I have already shared this image in an earlier post, I have to share it again here. This little cottage just says “home sweet home” to me. 
This season is filled with lots of lights and colors, and can also be full of Too Much _____. (Add your own word in the blank.) One of the reasons I am enjoying the photo prompts this month for Picture the Holidays is that we are encourage to just take it easy, be good to ourselves, and pause and see the good in every day. 
Today we were encourage to find some small delight today, some little moment of enchantment that brightens the day for us.  For me, it was a cup of warm tea, Constant Comment to be specific. I think it even smells like Christmas! 
My hope for you is that you can take the time to enjoy those lights, to relax from all the “Too Much _____”, and find whatever small delight there is in your day…and enjoy that moment of enchantment.
Blessings and peace to you….

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9 Replies to “Holiday Lights”

  1. Lovely holiday lights photos, Deb! Your last image of the cup of tea captures a wonderful mood. Thanks for reminding us to treasure those small delights.

  2. Hey Deborah….I'm afraid I'm a little Scrooge-ish on Christmas, so thanks for allowing me to fill in the blank. I'll refrain from sharing.
    I need to try this holiday lights "thing". THanks for pointing out the sweet Teddy in the window. I think my favorite lights are those subtle candles in the windows. They remind me of my grandmother and seem to have an understated class about them. They are certainly not "too much". Happy day to you.

  3. Deb,
    In my view, one can never have enough holiday lights – thanks for sharing your finds. I really like the second one of the porch – it is an open invitation to "come in out of the cold".

  4. Gorgeous lights Deb! I get the same feeling from that cottage. And the porch with that red wreath – so welcoming! Thanks so much for joining up with Exploring with a Camera. I'm glad you are enjoying your holidays!

  5. Such a warm & colorful post, Deb…makes me want to curl up with a cup of hot tea & a good book and just BE.

    Thank you for adding warmth to my day.

    Blessings to you,


  6. Deb, the "small delight" that I just found for today is the beautiful photo in your header. How perfect for the season – a Christmas tree with a living ornament.

  7. Holiday lights are my favorite part of the season, inside and out. My tree stays lit all day till I go to bed and I love the lights on our road when I turn down it. One of our favorite traditions is driving thru our town looking at lights.

    When the weather is actually warm we have walked our street and admired all the lights which was so more fun then driving by them. Gotta watch out for traffic of course,lol

    Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful photos. The first thing I do is make my cup of HOT TEA each morning and I'm thankful for that first sip to wake me up.

  8. Love your "light" images! My favorite is the second, I love the the little bear, also! Your cup of tea image is so warm and inviting! I love the table scarf!!

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