Christmas Card from Southern California

XmastreeeditedMerry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Joyous New Year to everyone from sunny southern California!

We're enjoying the sunshine, warmth, and palm trees so well that we couldn't bear to put up a traditional tree. Evergreens dotted with snow just didn't seem right.

 

So we bought a live podocarpus we can keep in the yard later. Another benefit is that it fits into our tiny front window.

 

How are you celebrating the holidays this year?

 

50 thoughts on “Christmas Card from Southern California”

  1. While I spent Christmas day with different groups of friends in the morning for coffee and the afternoon for turkey and stuffing, I have been working on a couple of projects in the office. Today’s task is to really sit down and do the revisions to a study that is due early in the New Year. Fortunately, I do have Monday and Tuesday off (when more of the staff returns). So then I can indulge in sleeping in, leisurely lattes, long walks in the nice weather (it’s supposed to be in the 50s Saturday before cooling off), and reading. I will also move the camels in the nativity set closer to the cradle each day.

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  2. While I spent Christmas day with different groups of friends in the morning for coffee and the afternoon for turkey and stuffing, I have been working on a couple of projects in the office. Today’s task is to really sit down and do the revisions to a study that is due early in the New Year. Fortunately, I do have Monday and Tuesday off (when more of the staff returns). So then I can indulge in sleeping in, leisurely lattes, long walks in the nice weather (it’s supposed to be in the 50s Saturday before cooling off), and reading. I will also move the camels in the nativity set closer to the cradle each day.

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  3. While I spent Christmas day with different groups of friends in the morning for coffee and the afternoon for turkey and stuffing, I have been working on a couple of projects in the office. Today’s task is to really sit down and do the revisions to a study that is due early in the New Year. Fortunately, I do have Monday and Tuesday off (when more of the staff returns). So then I can indulge in sleeping in, leisurely lattes, long walks in the nice weather (it’s supposed to be in the 50s Saturday before cooling off), and reading. I will also move the camels in the nativity set closer to the cradle each day.

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  4. While I spent Christmas day with different groups of friends in the morning for coffee and the afternoon for turkey and stuffing, I have been working on a couple of projects in the office. Today’s task is to really sit down and do the revisions to a study that is due early in the New Year. Fortunately, I do have Monday and Tuesday off (when more of the staff returns). So then I can indulge in sleeping in, leisurely lattes, long walks in the nice weather (it’s supposed to be in the 50s Saturday before cooling off), and reading. I will also move the camels in the nativity set closer to the cradle each day.

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  5. While I spent Christmas day with different groups of friends in the morning for coffee and the afternoon for turkey and stuffing, I have been working on a couple of projects in the office. Today’s task is to really sit down and do the revisions to a study that is due early in the New Year. Fortunately, I do have Monday and Tuesday off (when more of the staff returns). So then I can indulge in sleeping in, leisurely lattes, long walks in the nice weather (it’s supposed to be in the 50s Saturday before cooling off), and reading. I will also move the camels in the nativity set closer to the cradle each day.

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  6. Isn’t it lovely to indulge ourselves occasionally? Lattes and walks sound so ideal, I might indulge this afternoon. I got free drink cards in my stocking for the coffee shop on the harbor!
    I love the idea of moving the camels closer! I’d not thought of that. Have a wonderful new year!

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  7. Isn’t it lovely to indulge ourselves occasionally? Lattes and walks sound so ideal, I might indulge this afternoon. I got free drink cards in my stocking for the coffee shop on the harbor!
    I love the idea of moving the camels closer! I’d not thought of that. Have a wonderful new year!

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  8. Isn’t it lovely to indulge ourselves occasionally? Lattes and walks sound so ideal, I might indulge this afternoon. I got free drink cards in my stocking for the coffee shop on the harbor!
    I love the idea of moving the camels closer! I’d not thought of that. Have a wonderful new year!

    Reply
  9. Isn’t it lovely to indulge ourselves occasionally? Lattes and walks sound so ideal, I might indulge this afternoon. I got free drink cards in my stocking for the coffee shop on the harbor!
    I love the idea of moving the camels closer! I’d not thought of that. Have a wonderful new year!

    Reply
  10. Isn’t it lovely to indulge ourselves occasionally? Lattes and walks sound so ideal, I might indulge this afternoon. I got free drink cards in my stocking for the coffee shop on the harbor!
    I love the idea of moving the camels closer! I’d not thought of that. Have a wonderful new year!

    Reply
  11. We’re not done celebrating yet – I come from a Ukrainian family, which means another Christmas in January. 🙂
    Because it’s summer here, real trees can be a problem. They tend to die too fast! Sometimes we still do it, but this year we went with a fake one (actually, two fake trees in different rooms).

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  12. We’re not done celebrating yet – I come from a Ukrainian family, which means another Christmas in January. 🙂
    Because it’s summer here, real trees can be a problem. They tend to die too fast! Sometimes we still do it, but this year we went with a fake one (actually, two fake trees in different rooms).

    Reply
  13. We’re not done celebrating yet – I come from a Ukrainian family, which means another Christmas in January. 🙂
    Because it’s summer here, real trees can be a problem. They tend to die too fast! Sometimes we still do it, but this year we went with a fake one (actually, two fake trees in different rooms).

    Reply
  14. We’re not done celebrating yet – I come from a Ukrainian family, which means another Christmas in January. 🙂
    Because it’s summer here, real trees can be a problem. They tend to die too fast! Sometimes we still do it, but this year we went with a fake one (actually, two fake trees in different rooms).

    Reply
  15. We’re not done celebrating yet – I come from a Ukrainian family, which means another Christmas in January. 🙂
    Because it’s summer here, real trees can be a problem. They tend to die too fast! Sometimes we still do it, but this year we went with a fake one (actually, two fake trees in different rooms).

    Reply
  16. For years I bought a large leyland cyprus tree in a huge pot to decorate for Christmas. After Christmas I picked a spot in the yard and planted it. They’ve done really well, but eventually hauling a pot of dirt that big with a six foot tree in it became a bit much for me.
    I worked until 8:00 PM at Walmart and drove 80 plus miles to my Mom’s. I spent Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the day after at my Mom’s and had a wonderful time. Brought some great leftovers home as well! YUM!

    Reply
  17. For years I bought a large leyland cyprus tree in a huge pot to decorate for Christmas. After Christmas I picked a spot in the yard and planted it. They’ve done really well, but eventually hauling a pot of dirt that big with a six foot tree in it became a bit much for me.
    I worked until 8:00 PM at Walmart and drove 80 plus miles to my Mom’s. I spent Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the day after at my Mom’s and had a wonderful time. Brought some great leftovers home as well! YUM!

    Reply
  18. For years I bought a large leyland cyprus tree in a huge pot to decorate for Christmas. After Christmas I picked a spot in the yard and planted it. They’ve done really well, but eventually hauling a pot of dirt that big with a six foot tree in it became a bit much for me.
    I worked until 8:00 PM at Walmart and drove 80 plus miles to my Mom’s. I spent Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the day after at my Mom’s and had a wonderful time. Brought some great leftovers home as well! YUM!

    Reply
  19. For years I bought a large leyland cyprus tree in a huge pot to decorate for Christmas. After Christmas I picked a spot in the yard and planted it. They’ve done really well, but eventually hauling a pot of dirt that big with a six foot tree in it became a bit much for me.
    I worked until 8:00 PM at Walmart and drove 80 plus miles to my Mom’s. I spent Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the day after at my Mom’s and had a wonderful time. Brought some great leftovers home as well! YUM!

    Reply
  20. For years I bought a large leyland cyprus tree in a huge pot to decorate for Christmas. After Christmas I picked a spot in the yard and planted it. They’ve done really well, but eventually hauling a pot of dirt that big with a six foot tree in it became a bit much for me.
    I worked until 8:00 PM at Walmart and drove 80 plus miles to my Mom’s. I spent Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the day after at my Mom’s and had a wonderful time. Brought some great leftovers home as well! YUM!

    Reply
  21. Our tree usually has pride of place in the lounge window so the lights twinkle out over the garden.This year it is secreted away in the dining room/spare bedroom and the lights only came on as we had christmas dinner – it seemed a lot safer hidden away from precocious toddler grandson and demented spaniel puppy – ah well maybe next year we will revert to normal!

    Reply
  22. Our tree usually has pride of place in the lounge window so the lights twinkle out over the garden.This year it is secreted away in the dining room/spare bedroom and the lights only came on as we had christmas dinner – it seemed a lot safer hidden away from precocious toddler grandson and demented spaniel puppy – ah well maybe next year we will revert to normal!

    Reply
  23. Our tree usually has pride of place in the lounge window so the lights twinkle out over the garden.This year it is secreted away in the dining room/spare bedroom and the lights only came on as we had christmas dinner – it seemed a lot safer hidden away from precocious toddler grandson and demented spaniel puppy – ah well maybe next year we will revert to normal!

    Reply
  24. Our tree usually has pride of place in the lounge window so the lights twinkle out over the garden.This year it is secreted away in the dining room/spare bedroom and the lights only came on as we had christmas dinner – it seemed a lot safer hidden away from precocious toddler grandson and demented spaniel puppy – ah well maybe next year we will revert to normal!

    Reply
  25. Our tree usually has pride of place in the lounge window so the lights twinkle out over the garden.This year it is secreted away in the dining room/spare bedroom and the lights only came on as we had christmas dinner – it seemed a lot safer hidden away from precocious toddler grandson and demented spaniel puppy – ah well maybe next year we will revert to normal!

    Reply

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