Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Things That Sparkle…and What to Focus On

Before the season slips too far away, I wanted to share some photos that, to me, highlight the Christmas season. I wanted to take some close-ups because I find that as in everything, it's the little details in Christmas that make it special…

...and sometimes what's not in focus is the most special!

Like this ginger bread house with a Christmas tree in the background:
Look at what's not in focus...my Star Trek Christmas tree. Notice straight above the lowest orange gumdrop is the Starship Enterprise D, flying over the Christmas scene just like the ancient carol proclaims, "The first Noel, a spaceship we saw…"

 Or a closeup of a "manger scene" at my brothers cabin:
Notice that Jesus is not in focus. I'd like to blame the camera, but, at least for me, that's the story of my adult-hood life. That could very well be me standing next to the Baby Jesus. I'm nearby because I believe, but I like being who people focus on...and if you look closely, I'm not even looking at Jesus…looking far off trying to plan my own future. Typical Greg.

Or this view of Christmas cookies:
Baking cookies is a tradition in my family, my brother's kids even stare at them cooking through the oven. Awesome. And, for some reason, just like the Christmas tree lights in the background make this photo tons better, baking and eating cookies tastes tons better at Christmas as well.

Check out this yummy dessert tray:
I love the colors, and the sparkly ornaments in the background. Paula is awesome at providing a warm, inviting place to celebrate. I'm sure it's just coincidence, but the most yummy treats are in focus…yet the unfocused items…the ornaments and the house, complete the festive image.

Red candles certainly remind me of Christmas:
The empty plate in the blurred background remind me of how awesome all the Christmas meals were! 

Finally, a closeup of our Christmas tree:
I love how my family decorated this tree. They all put a lot of work into placing the lights, ribbon, ornaments just the way they want it. It reminds me that my wife, 2 sons, and 2 daughters make my life sparkle in what they do…and who they are. Without them, my life would be much like this corner of the room without the tree; bare, lonely, dark. 

The reflection in the upper right window reminds me that our family impacts others…for good and bad…and if we shine, others lives will light up as well.

I hope this Christmas was excellent for you. For me the pre-Christmas rush was very hard (early Dec), but once our families got together, it was quite rewarding. 

I can't wait for what 2014 holds. 

So, how about you? What did you focus on this Christmas?

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