Our 2020 Christmas

Snow came in mid-December for us and lasted on the ground until Christmas

This was the first snow we’ve had this year and indeed the first really cold weather.

The snow was the first we’ve had in quite some time and led to good opportunities for sledding

We have about a 600 foot run down the pasture which gives a long walk up the slope for exercise

This was definitely a different and unusual Christmas.  One to regret the things we missed and to be thankful for the things we still have.  Our youngest son ended up spending the Fall with us and then on through Christmas.  He has sparked the rediscovery of the many things that we associate with the holiday season around Ball Rd.  There are many large and small things that connect us with past shared memories.

An ancient nativity set

The potted rosemary has lights in the front hallway

A good friend gave us this small Christmas tree which comes out before Christmas

Two friends who miss the grandkids

Greens and Reds await Christmas

Stuffed animals and the greens

A cardinal and wreath

Pewter mice from Malaysia

The mantle dressed in green

Cuttings from the Japanese Quince

Christmas tree at night

Nerine x ‘Pink Triumph’ comes in from the greenhouse

Sunflower seed cookies

Christmas tree on Christmas morning

Enjoying Christmas morning with the rest of the family in Massachusetts

An Exhausted Christmas Elf

In addition we jointly watched the Christmas Revels celebration in Cambridge.  It was great fun and I highly recommend it for anyone looking to move forward into the new year with contemplation of the way the human community has moved from the dark to the light over centuries.  On the night before Christmas we tuned into the Follen Unitarian Church in Lexington, MA where the Reverend Claire Feingold Thoryn delivered a marvelous sermon discussing the Christmas Weed Tree of Toledo, Ohio and what that means for the rest of us.

Finally I should mention that I had a chance before Christmas to preview a new book written by a good friend.

Tropical Plants

Tropical Plants and How to Love Them will be available in March but it can be ordered now on Amazon.  It is a wonderful exploration of tropical plants for the temperate gardener and I think a great many people will enjoy both the authoritative descriptions and Marianne’s always entertaining writing style.  Highly recommended!

4 comments on “Our 2020 Christmas

  1. chavli

    Nothing more beautiful than undisturbed pristine snow. Japanese Quince blooms on bare branches are a great thing.
    Happy New Year!

    1. Maureen Melle

      You Willises have some lovely Christmas traditions. I loved seeing your flowers, teddy bears, Christmas tree and the presents beneath it. Thanks for sharing Have a happy 2021.
      I’ve just been vaccinated for COVID and am hoping that enough people will soon get the jab, giving us the ability to develope herd imunity so that we will be able to commune with each other in reality and not virtually.

      1. jw

        Maureen, that’s good news for you. I hope everyone is able to get vaccinated soon. Meanwhile we will just keep gardening here.

  2. Shahida

    Lovely, Exquisite, Gorgeous, Stunning, Spectacular, Charming, Delightful, magnificent, Superb, Splendid, Marvelous, Striking, Fabulous and absolutely Beautiful. For a moment I thought I was at Longwood Gardens!! Happy New Year—hope you are all doing well.