Hi all, Dianne here. This will be the first Christmas since 2007 that we will have a "house" to decorate, tiny though it is. It was fun to dig out the very few Christmas decorations that we'd stored away, and added a few new ones, too.
This charming Nativity scene was purchased in Nuevo Progreso, Mexico last April before we left the Valley. I love it because it reminds me of the warm, friendly people who populate this area of deep south Texas, or "Texico" as some folks call it.
A favorite decoration was given to us by our dear friend Nancy R. when Roger's mom passed away; it reminds us both of Nancy and Roger's mom, and it's beautiful besides (the photo doesn't do it justice). It's very fragile, so it has been packed safely away since 2007 and we're glad to see it again.
We have our little LED tree in the front window, so that it shows from outside.
Roger got into the spirit, installed hooks, and strung "snowflake" lights outside:
Yesterday, Roger finished up by decorating the patio outside and stringing lights over the pergola:
Retama is such a special community: Last season they had a fundraiser to purchase new Christmas decorations for the clubhouse. You might think it was a simple matter of purchasing new lights, etc. Well, not here! The work began last March -- Quilts were made, shopping went on all summer, and the end result was magical! My photos wouldn't do it justice, but here's just a sample, showing the outdoor fountain.
Roger and I attended the open house to unveil the new decorations, and it was packed.
Better photos of the beautiful decor can be found on the Retama Holiday Blog, a blog put together by the gals who did the lion's share of the decorating, and chronicled their progress. Check it out!
The neighborhood is also sponsoring the local children's home for Christmas, so today I was able to do a little Christmas shopping for a young boy and little girl. If that doesn't put you into a Christmas mood, nothing will!
Despite the greenery and lights, it's still warm and beautiful here in Mission, TX. We attended our final butterfly walk last Friday morning, and John, one of our guides, found a beautiful Sphinx moth for us to inspect.
Here's a beautiful sunrise I saw one warm morning as I drank coffee and watched the birds on my patio. You might think it would be difficult to get into the Christmas spirit when it's so sunny and warm most days. Well, I'm here to tell you that the warm people down here more than make up for a change of seasons. Y'all can keep the snow and gray skies up north!
The pet photo of the day shows how the action is picking up at our "play dates" at the dog park! Bandido can be seen in the center top in the background, chasing a brown dog at full speed. Tomorrow is December 1, and someone at the dog park this morning said that 42 RVs are scheduled to arrive at the adjacent RV park tomorrow! The same folks come back year after year to spend the winter at Bentsen Palm Village, so if you want to visit, you'll need to make a reservation by early March. That's a sure sign of a very special place!