Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 128: And Here Comes the Holiday Season

  • I know many creative plans are being made to make these celebrations work – somehow and anyway. This last LAPC challenge, of the strange year 2020, is all about your Holiday Season. So what will your holidays look like? What are your plans and/or memories? Will you create new traditions or will you just ”survive” this one, looking forward to a ”normalized” celebrating next year? Leya

Self did not expect 2020. Neither did any of us. Right?

Nevertheless, today self was checking out viveka’s blog, my guilty pleasures, and she had the most stunning array of Christmas photos. Inspired, self came up with a few Christmas photos of her own.

Here’s a picture from the night of Dec. 15, when Amazon Prime dropped the first 3 episodes of Season 5 of The Expanse! So exciting! Each succeeding episode is on Wednesday, that means the next ‘drop’ is Wednesday, 23 December. And that is the nicest Christmas present she could have asked for.

She did buy a wreath from Trader Joe’s for $10.99, and fastened a few multi-colored Christmas balls to dress it up a little.

And she put out her lighted angel, that she puts out every year. And brought out a tin angel that was made in the Philippines.

So, very simple decorations this year. Not even half of her usual lay-out. Usually, she gets a big, fresh-cut fir, and hangs about 100 ornaments on it. And she scatters greenery on every available surface. Last year, her neighbor Wendy dropped by, and the first thing she said when she crossed the threshhold was: WOW.

But, Christmas is in her heart, even though this year was a very hard one.

Shout-out to Restless Jo for her great Christmas gallery, to don’t hold your breath’s Four Views of Panchgani, and to Bend Branches’s lovely Christmas ornaments.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.


  1. Tina Schell said,

    December 20, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Well Marianne, we are all dealing with a different kind of Christmas this year. I expect it will pass rather uneventfully (which I suppose is perhaps a good thing considering some of 2020s other events!). We will indeed hold Christmas in our hearts (as Charles Dickens once said of Mr. Scrooge) and hope for a much-improved 2021. Wishing you the best this holiday season.

    • December 20, 2020 at 8:06 pm

      I like ‘uneventful.’ In fact, I hope all my Christmases are that way from now on. Thank you for stopping by. Wishing you a safe, happy, and healthy 2021!

  2. December 21, 2020 at 5:24 am

    Wishing you and all a safe and joyful season and year

  3. JohnRH said,

    December 21, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    Great photos. I loved The Expanse when it was on network tv. We just picked up Amazon Prime so I must continue with it soon. We just binge watched Season 1 of Bosch, the detective series. Gripping!

    • December 21, 2020 at 4:19 pm

      Bosch is so good. You’ve just picked up Amazon Prime? Good decision. You have so much to look forward to.

  4. restlessjo said,

    December 21, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    The angel is beautiful. 🙂 🙂 And many thanks to you for the totally unexpected shout-out. Wishing you a Christmas of wonder and a new year full of love.

    • December 22, 2020 at 1:01 am

      Thank you! The Philippines has the best angels, just saying 🙂 But I love your gallery. Could look at those pictures over and over and over.

      • restlessjo said,

        December 22, 2020 at 6:33 am

        Loulé has some beautiful angels in lights but they don’t photograph too well so I’m happy to agree with you 🙂 🙂

      • December 22, 2020 at 7:13 am

        I saw those angels! They are beautiful. I was being tongue-in-cheek, lol

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