Wednesday, December 21, 2011

An International Merry Olde Christmas with quotes and pix

Vesele Vianoce a stastny Novy Rok

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in Slovakian

plate of traditional Slovak cookies

Well, it has been a bit of a rough week. Hence, no postings.
I hope you have all been busy decorating for a celebration
visiting friends and family
reaching out to neighbors
enjoying some special food and treats
and smiling a lot!

Santa Claus Academy trainees, 2011 Tokyo, Japan
photo credit Yoshikazu Tsuno

I find it so sad around holidays when people's tempers are short,
the driving is more aggressive
the kids whine more
the parents holler more
with lots of pushing and bustling and
doing everything OPPOSITE of what the season is all about!

vintage Christmas card

"It is not the magnitude of our actions
but the amount of love
that is put into them that matters."
- Mother Teresa

I'd like to share with you some photos of celebrations around the world.
Some celebrate Grandfather Frost,
some Father Christmas;
some celebrate Santa Claus,
some Kris Kringle.
Some will focus on Mary, the mother of Jesus,
and some will focus on the Christ child;
some will decorate with nativities and wise men,
and some will decorate with angels and harps.
There is glizty bling, and simple carved wood.
Candles, icicles, oranges, stockings and green trees -
no matter what your tradition or style,

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve mass
Surabaya, Indonesia

"Sharing and giving are the ways
of God."

- Sauk Indian proverb

Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, 2011  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
photo by Andre Durao

siblings checking out the new lawn decor
Brea, California, USA
photo courtesy of Mindy Schauer
"The Angel Blesses
Christmas Day
while little children

- vintage verse

Santa Claus in Jammu, India

French soldier, United Nations Interim Force in Deir Zifa, Lebanon

"Christmas waves a magic wand
over this world,
and behold,
everything is softer
and more beautiful."

- Norman Vincent Peale

Decorating at a shopping mall in Beijing, China
photo credit Andy Wong  2011

Harrods 26th parade with Father Christmas London, England 2011
photo credit Steve Finn

2010 Annual Half-naked Santa Run, Budapest, Hungary
photo credit Bernadett Szabo

"Like snowflakes,
my Christmas memories gather and dance -
each beautiful, unique
and too soon gone."

- Deborah Whipp, web designer

tree lighting in Tyn church, Old Town Square, Prague, Czechoslovakia
photo credit Michal Cizek  2011

Time for me to go do some things.
If you have a family tradition that you would like to share,
just leave a comment.
My comment section is easy to use, and you don't have to sign up for anything!

Upcoming -
how do the animals celebrate Christmas?



  1. like what was on this blog is there any recipes for the treats?

  2. Sorry, just the yummy photo of the cookies.