With holiday gatherings back in full swing, even if they are smaller and scaled down, it still means a busy time. We are having a bit of fun, seeing some friends, and enjoying some Christmas cheer. This past week, we were once again able to do Winter Lights at the Arboretum with friends. It was a drive through event last year, but this year it is back to a walking event around the gardens.
This year you could walk through the caterpillar with the cute face.
The quilt garden was set up with a light show. The ‘blocks’ with trees changed from gold…
to red and green with the music. A medley of songs from Christmas movies was playing. See my post from a few years ago, Winter Lights for a full tour.
I have been painting rocks again, and made these to hide. The top ones are painted, while the two on the bottom are stickers. I had to go back after the photo was taken and fix the one on the lower left as the sticker was lifting. All are varnished with clear gloss so the stickers stay on and the paint stays nice. Also, on the back are labels to tell anyone looking that they can keep the rock if they wish.
In the category of Christmas cheer for home, I was surfing ebay for another mug to go with this Susan Winget dish set. I had three mugs last year, and one got broken. I looked last year for them as well, but they don’t come up very often. Amazingly, I found one at a thrift store for 25 cents two years ago. But I still need two mugs to have a complete set for four. While I was surfing, I came across these bowls and just had to have them. I’ve never seen these before and the price was right. Yes, I did just take a load to the thrift store of other stuff, so now I have room, right? That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
I have the dishes set out on the pub table, not really a tablescape, more of a display. The big platter I found last year is in the center. I’ll grab a plate to use for a breakfast or lunch, as I do like using these during the holiday season. I mix up the patterns, putting the tree plate with the sleigh mug and the stocking bowl.
Oliver came by for a sandwich, looking cute as usual. He might get some jelly on a sandwich for his Christmas cheer later in the month.
Jack was here on another day. As they were both facing the same way in the pictures, I have tried to see if there are differences between them on their markings, and they look like identical twins to me. Oliver may have a couple of white feather-like extensions of the white fur from his chest to his shoulder where Jack seems to have a curved line. But that’s all I can find. The light is a bit brighter on Jack, so it seems his brown areas are brighter, but they really aren’t any different. The only way to tell who is who is by where they eat their treats. Oliver always goes to the retaining wall, while Jack favors the stairs. They hold their sandwiches a bit differently with Oliver grasping with his fingers while Jack holds his more in the palm area. And no, I still don’t have a clue if Oliver and Jack are really Olivia and Jackie.
We did a car club coffee recently at a lovely bed and breakfast in Black Mountain called the Monte Vista Hotel, founded in 1919. Oh my goodness, what Christmas cheer!! This main building was built in 1937, and still retains much of the original historical details.
Out front was a fully decorated gazebo.
I added a couple of those Christmas painted rocks to their garden.
Inside, they are the venue for a charity fundraising event called Deck the Trees. Each tree is decorated by a charity, and you can donate money to your favorite. In the lobby, several trees glowed with lights, reflecting off the warmth of the wooden floor, stair railing and furniture.
Another tree along with a windowsill garland with lights were near the area where members were gathering for coffee and scones. Cushy sofas with festive pillows were inviting.
These were in the sun porch breakfast area.
In the formal dining room, more trees were lit up. Each one had a different theme.
The darker walls provided a nice backdrop, but it made it a bit harder to get good pictures. This snowman tree was clever.
One more photo of a few more trees on the other side of the dining room. There were a bunch more, each one unique. Such Christmas cheer for guests to enjoy!
Back home, I watched a fun new-to-me Christmas movie this week called Christmas by Starlight. It is a cute one if you have the chance to see it. More movies are on my agenda for the next two weeks, with some on DVDs, and more on TV. How are you enjoying Christmas cheer this season?