O Tannenbaum!

Fröhliche Weihnacten!  Joyeux Noël!  Feliz Navidad!  Merry Christmas!  Happy Hanukkah

Just some holiday-related photos to share…

We got a new Christmas tree this year, but it didn’t work out as planned.  It’s supposed to be 16 feet, but we had to leave off the bottom two levels because it was too wide.  So this is 12 feet.  I’d probably still be decorating if we had those extra four feet.

Christmas Tree and Cat - December 2014

Christmas Tree and Cat – 2014

This is a Christmas tree made out of wine-barrel staves.

Wine-Barrell Tree - December 2014

Wine Barrel Tree – December 2014

This is a little tree I got my mother many years ago at the Christmas store on the square in Georgetown, Texas.

Rolo Tree - December 2014

Rolo Tree – December 2014

These are candles I just can’t bring myself to light.

Candle Trees - December 2014

Christmas Tree Candles – December 2014

Here’s this year’s poinsettia.  I got it at Barton Springs Nursery.  I’m very happy with it.

Poinsettia - December 2014

Poinsettia – December 2014

This is a Christmas cactus I brought back from my mother’s house.  I didn’t follow any of the detailed instructions to get it to bloom, but nature took its course anyway.

Christmas Cacuts - December 2014

Christmas Cactus – 2014

Not much going on in the back yard.  All the perennials are still hanging on despite a couple nights in the upper 20s.  I put out several cyclamens.  I’ve always had good luck with them.

Cyclamen - December 2014

Cyclamen – December 2014

Hanging Cyclamen - December 2014

Hanging Cyclamen – December 2014

We made latkes the other evening.  These turned out very well.  We also had a corn casserole with cream cheese and bacon.  Decidedly unkosher.  We paired the latkes with a French cider – it was perfect.   For the playlist, I highly recommend the Klezmer Conservatory Band.

Latkes - December 2014

Latkes, Corn Casserole, and French Cider – December 2014

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