Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas, Y’all!!

I want to share The Twelve Days of Christmas with you. My friend Rose, her husband Vic, and I went to see the amazing display at the Dallas Arboretum on Wednesday night. If you have followed my blog much, you know that the Arboretum is one of my favorite places to go. I love to go and spend time in the gorgeous, no matter the season.

My beautiful friend Rose. Isn’t her name appropriate? She is definitely as lovely as a rose.

But, it is especially special at Christmas, when you can enjoy the extravagant display of The Twelve Days of Christmas. When I can go with friends, so much the better!!

Despite the popularity of the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas, I must confess that I can never remember the lyrics. In case you are like me, I will post them here, along with some photos I took. Truthfully, it is a song I never liked much, but I love the display at the Arboretum. I hope you will too!

Merry Christmas 2017

The Christmas extravaganza at the Dallas Arboretum made its debut in 2014. I keep wondering how much longer it will be displayed. Because I never know if this will be the last year it will be seen, I try to see it with new eyes every time I go. I have shown you pictures in blogs from visits I made to the display in past years.


The $1.6 million display took two years to complete. You will see why when you see some of the detail in the of the exhibition.

Santa Claus made his debut this year (or, at least, it is the first time I have seen him). That’s what is so fascinating about the Arboretum. No matter how often I go, I always find new things to enjoy.

In addition to the twelve 25-foot Victorian-style gazebos that house the Twelve Days of Christmas displays, there are 500,000 lights illuminating the park and a 30-foot tall tree is found in the center of the property.

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12 Days of Christmas

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens are a sight to behold. They have special events throughout the year. In the spring, we’ll have thousands upon thousands of daffodils and tulips blooming. It is an amazing sight.


In October, the gardens turn orange with pumpkins and gourds. You can spend hours and hours looking at all of the displays and gorgeous fall colors.


But in December, the Arboretum turns into a winter wonderland. That’s a difficult thing to do in Dallas, Texas. This year, our temperatures are staying in the upper 60s and low 70s. We’re supposed to have record-breaking heat for Christmas Day.

Our plants are so confused. The length of days and nights says it is winter. But, the temperatures say it is spring. Most of the trees have lost their leaves, but flowers are blooming away!



(As an aside – I sure wish I had more control over how pictures appear on this blog! I am really tempted to get my own domain name and use a program that can be manipulated!)

So, while we can stroll through the Arboretum and have visions of spring dancing through our heads, we also have the pleasure of a $2 million display of the 12 Days of Christmas. And, that is actually the reason for this blog post. I want to share with you the beauty of the exhibit. If you live anywhere near the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, a visit is definitely worth your time. Please plan to stay all day! I’ve been twice in as many weeks and I still haven’t seen everything I want to see!

On the First Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …


a Partridge in a Pear Tree



On the Second Day of Christmas …


Two turtle doves



On the Third Day of Christmas …


Three French hens



On the Fourth Day of Christmas …


Four calling birds



On the Fifth Day of Christmas …


Five golden rings



And, on the Sixth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…


Six geese a-layin’




And, on the Seventh Day of Christmas …

(my true love gave to me one of my favorite gazebos!)
Seven swans a-swimmin’




On the Eighth Day of Christmas …

Eight maids a-milkin’




This is the only exhibit that you must walk all the way around to see it all. All of the others are on a round-table that spins.

On the Ninth Day of Christmas …

Nine ladies dancing

This gazebo is my favorite of the 12. The detail is more than amazing. It is, unfortunately, situated in a spot where it is difficult to get pictures without glare. Nevertheless, I have taken dozens of it and will post many here for your amusement!

Every lady is outfitted in an amazing dress with jewelry to match. Each carries a dance card.


Close-up of jewelry and hair adornment


Notice the detail in the dress. And … do you see the little white mouse poking his head out from the Christmas tree skirt?
This is obviously a different dancer, but look at the detail. Her ring is a flower shape; she has a pencil hanging on her wrist beside her dance card.


On the tenth day of Christmas…


my true love gave me 10 Lords a-leapin’
Several of the displays have mice hidden in them. We found this little mouse hiding in an old log, watching the lords skating.


On the Eleventh Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …





And, finally, on the Twelfth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …





Besides the exhibit, the view at the Arboretum, whether winter or summer , fall or spring, is beyond belief.







Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

It is nearly time to turn in for the night and prepare for a big day tomorrow! My mom, my brother with his Boxer Bo, my three grandsons, and my daughter-in-law (ex) will be descending on us at various times tomorrow morning. The cooking (lasagna and spaghetti) is mostly done, the house is partly cleaned, the presents are wrapped!! I’m going to get up bright and early in the morning to finish cleaning (as much as I plan to clean, anyway) … I was just too tired tonight to finish it up.

While I relish the idea of spending the blessed day with my family, I am also excited to see Christmas come and go. I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ with all of my heart and I am pleased that we have a day to celebrate His birth … but I am afraid it has become so commercialized that I am not really sure how much celebrating of His birth we do anymore. It has been constant work here for the past several days – shopping, cooking, cleaning, decorating, wrapping … other than going to the orthopedic surgeon one last time on 12/26 so he can release me, I plan to relax, relax, relax!!! Except that I will probably want to take down the tree. I don’t like leaving it up much past Christmas…

I just read a blog written by an acquaintance who is battling colon cancer. She has a humorous outlook on life and she mentioned in her blog today that she is actually grateful for cancer in some ways. I agree with her. I know it sounds silly. But, sometimes it takes something really major to make you realize that sweating the small stuff is really pretty silly.

I think I probably smile more and laugh harder and enjoy life far more now than I ever did before. Standing in lines, facing crowds, crazy traffic – all things that used to send me over the edge – generally are accepted much more readily now. (Not always. I am still ME!) Those are small things compared to battling for your life 🙂 Cancer helps you put things into perspective.

Well … it is nearly 11 PM and I have vowed I will get up at 5 to finish my cleaning chores before the family arrives. I guess I should go to sleep and dream of ol’ Saint Nick coming tomorrow.

From my family to yours: Merry Christmas! May your holiday be filled with joy, peace, and love … and health!