which I wore when we went to see the Christmas lights at Butchart Gardens.
If you have never been to the Gardens it is a must see if you ever get to visit our fair city.
Butchart Gardens Christmas display December 2012
(picture courtesy of lovely daughter using her "fancy pants" camera)
(lovely daughter's image)
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the rest of the pictures are mine
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the lights are spectacular
there is also a carousel
an ice skating rink
thousands of lights are wound around the trees
I particularly like the white ones
they look so crisp silhouetted against the dark night sky
The Twelve Days of Christmas are on display
here are the "Three French Hens"
you can see the Eiffel Tower in the back!
The Gardens have been open since the 1920's
please visit at any time of year you won't be disappointed
there is a fabulous restaurant
The Blue Poppy
which has amazing high teas and delicious dinners.
It was a chilly weeknight evening
but there was not a breath of wind and there was no rain so it was a perfect time to wander about
I wore my Lands End down coat, leather boots, leggings and my black Lands End cashmere sweater
I wore wool gloves and a new hat.
The hat has a feline flair...
it's an animal print
snow leopard perhaps?
soft wool and angora
cozy and warm
can you say MEOW?
The Cat is in The Hat!
Wearing my new hat
wear them everyday
I embrace our festive Christmas traditions
and am always on the look out for more meaningful ways to mark the holidays
with family and friends.
What are your Christmas or Holiday traditions?
Have they been passed on for generations or did they become tradition in recent years?
What is the silliest tradition that you have?
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Hope that you are keeping your cool this season
there are tempers flaring at every turn
as evidenced by erratic drivers
cranky pushy people in line up
rude comments made by the stressed and impatient shoppers.
Let's try and be calm and collected shall we?
There is nothing attractive when losing one's manners in public!
If you need to vent...
try singing Christmas carols in the shower at the top of your lungs!
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