This is David on a Sunday morning before leaving for Mass during Advent, which is the period of preparation for Christmas beginning the 4th Sunday prior to Christmas Day.
The previous photo of David was cropped out of this original, and I thought I’d include both in this post.
Here I am in December 1996, just over 16 years ago…how time flies through the years!
In these original photos of David and I, you can see that winter is normally relatively mild in England.
Our Christmas tree is set up in the corner of our living room, waiting for Christmas morning!
This is another picture of our Christmas tree, which our family has always enjoyed from Thanksgiving weekend through Three Kings’ Day or Epiphany on January 6th.
A cropped close-up of our tree that my wife has decorated in pink angels and pink and gold ornaments!
A picture of David at our dining room table on the 2nd Advent Sunday, with my wife’s hand-crocheted lace curtain, lamp shade and trim on the hanging shelves.
German coffee and cake is a tradition, and a favorite of mine in our house, anytime we have an opportunity to pause around 4 pm and enjoy a cup of coffee or milk and home baked treats!
Ever since David was old enough to appreciate Christmas trees, he’s had one in his room – this one is decorated in mostly red, white and natural wood tones.
David relaxes across his rocking chair beside his own Christmas tree in his room, and you can see behind him the numbers of both English and German books he had in just this portion of his ‘library!’
I enjoy focusing on the whimsy, arrangement, colors and styles of Christmas ornaments; these ornaments were purchased in Germany by my wife and I in the first few years I was assigned to Spangdahlem AB, Germany.
We’ve always loved this Nativity scene, consisting of Nao and Lladro figurines, and over the years we’ve added a piece here and there – especially little angels!
There’s nothing like having a fireplace, especially at Christmas time, and here we’ve got a nice fire going in the fireplace with the mantel decorated for the holidays!
This photo shows a greater portion of our living room, with the Christmas tree and fireplace creating a cozy and gemütlich atmosphere!
We’ve always decorated the Christmas cards we’ve received each year during the holidays, and the piano we had at the time served as a perfect place to display them!