Capturing December – Fun

Fun

Fun

31. Capturing December – Fun

“May your coming year

be filled

with magic

and dreams

and good madness.

I hope you read some fine books

and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful 

and don’t forget to make some art – –

write or draw

or build or sing

or live only as you can.

And I hope,

somewhere in the New Year you surprise yourself..”

– – Neil Gaiman

and most of all – have fun in 2019! Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Capturing December – Your Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

30. Capturing December – Your Winter Wonderland

While our family and friends in upstate New York were snuggled inside their cozy homes staying warm from the 30 degree temperatures, we headed out to the Sarasota Polo grounds in balmy breezes, sunny skies and a whopping 84 degrees! This is our winter wonderland!

Capturing December – Grateful

Grateful

Grateful

26. Capturing December – Grateful

This photo of my twin sister and my mother walking along a charming cobblestone street in historic Georgetown depicts my gratefulness. I went to DC for an award ceremony and my employer offered to pay for my mother and my sister to join me at the national event. Again, grateful.

We stayed at the gorgeous Willard Intercontinental Hotel located between The White House and The National Press Club. The hotel had Christmas carolers entertaining us in the early evening, a large, beautifully decorated Christmas tree for numerous photo opportunities, festive cocktails, delicious room service, and a sold out, very classy holiday afternoon tea in the grandeur of Peacock Alley as a harpist served soft sounds as sophisticated guests sipped their tea and toasted their champagne flutes.

Hoping this turns into a new annual family tradition.

Capturing December – Morning

Morning

Morning

25. Capturing December – Morning

My Dad and I were discussing this song during our family Christmas Eve dinner after we sang it at church. I needed to refresh my memory on what “Gloria in excelsis Deo” meant specifically. It is a Christian hymn, also known as the Greater Doxology and the Angelic Hymn/Hymn of the Angels. Gloria in Excelsis Deo is defined as “Glory in the highest to God,” and in the English version, “Glory be to God on high.”

As I was driving over to my sister’s Christmas morning, this song was the first one to play in my vehicle. It put a smile on my face!

The song “Angels We Have Heard on High” is a Christmas carol with the lyrics written by James ChadwickBishop of Hexham and Newcastle, to the music from a French song called Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes. The music is the same as the original song, though Chadwick’s lyrics albeit unique and original are clearly derived and inspired, and in parts a loose translation. The song’s subject is the birth of Jesus Christ narrated in the Gospel of Luke, specifically the scene in which shepherds outside Bethlehem encounter a multitude of angels singing and praising the newborn child.

Lyrics

English

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be?
Which inspire your heavenly songs?
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

See Him in a manger laid,
Jesus, Lord of heaven and earth;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
With us sing our Saviour’s birth.
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!