Lens-Artists Challenge #178 – You Choose

christmas, santa, peppermint, tree
Swinging Santa

“December isn’t magical because it sparkles. It’s magical because it changes people’s hearts … at least momentarily.”

Toni Sorenson

So here we are in December – already! As 2021 draws closer to a close, many of us are busy with things like shopping, wrapping, holiday preparations or perhaps (hopefully) with traveling and visiting or hosting family. As such, the Lens-Artists team is inviting you to post on a subject of your own choosing. Feel free to use your imagination to take your post anywhere you’d like – we look forward to lots of variety! Personally, I’ve chosen to focus on some fond Christmas memories, both for the fun of it and to help myself get into the spirit of the holidays.

red and green, christmas, decorations
All Things Bright And Beautiful

“When you live gratefully and joyfully, every day is a holiday.”

Marty Rubin

Christmas was always very special while my four brothers and I were growing up. While young we were in bed early on Christmas Eve, eagerly awaiting Santa’s arrival. Once we figured out how Christmas morning really happened we’d wait for our younger siblings to nod off, then tiptoe downstairs to help mom and dad with the real work. We believed Santa brought EVERYTHING. Imagine putting up and decorating the tree, bringing down the presents from their hiding places, putting together bikes and train sets and heaven knows what else, all beginning at 9 pm on Christmas Eve!

pine cone, tree branch

“Whatever the grinch can steal, it’s not Christmas”

Sophie Kinsella

Once we were all old enough we attended Midnight Mass as a family and afterwards each opened one of our gifts. Those days are long behind me but are alive and well in my memory. The season included treats like a Christmas calendar that we took turns changing each day, the annual visit to Santa, and moving the Mary and Joseph statuettes around the house every evening until they reached the manger Christmas Eve. Somehow baby Jesus was always there on Christmas morning. No Elf-on-the-shelf back in those days!

reindeer, Rudolph, red nose
Rudolph??? Is that YOU???

“Every day is a gift. But some days are packaged better.”

Sanhita Baruah

Every day is indeed a gift – but some create memories that last a lifetime….what greater gift could there possibly be?! We look forward to seeing what the week will bring as you gift us with posts that suit your own fancy. Please be sure to link them to this one, and to use the Lens-Artists Tag to help us find you in the WP reader. We thank you for sharing your celebrations last week in response to Amy’s challenge, and look forward to next week when Patti will be back at the helm on her Pilotfish blog. Until then, please stay safe, be kind, and enjoy the holiday season.


223 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #178 – You Choose

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  5. Hi Tina – I really enjoyed your festive selections for the “your choice” theme – some seem like they would make excellent greeting cards 🙂

    Also, I started my post mid week and could not finish until today – and by that time – Patti announced her theme – and my post just so happened tp fit both – so I hope you do not mind my post combining the 178 and 179

    Blogger’s Choice & Serence (Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #178-179: 12-18-2021)

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  10. Hi Tina

    I still adore your photo titled “Rudolph??? Is that YOU???”. This week I learned from Sue of the Backyard Biology blog that all of the Reindeers pulling Santa’s sleigh are females! And that female Reindeers have antlers! And the reason Reindeers actually do have red noses is the increased circulation warms the air they inhale in those very cold locations. Who knew?

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    Best, Babsje

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  25. I like how straightforward your photos feel for this one.
    They’re rather unassuming, matter-of-fact shots that give a sort of small feeling, in that they don’t feel grandiose and they don’t feel as though you were trying to be grandiose. Just small, straightforward stuff.

    Here’s mine for this one:

    Looking to the City

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  27. Beautiful images as usual, Tina. Had to chuckle when you mentioned you believed Santa brought everything. You know, I think there’s still a part in all of us that believes, or at least wish, that Santa brought everything 😊 It’s such a magical time of the year with family, good company and a fresh outlook for the year ahead. Wishing you a wonderful time of the year, and a wonderful year ahead ❤

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