The sun is starting to swelter. The days are sultry. The temps outside have climbed to very, very uncomfortable. The humidity levels have risen to stifling. The cicadas have started singing. The Poincianas are blooming. It must be nearly Christmas time here in the tropics. Hot, steamy and sticky is the way we like our Christmases!! That's the weather, not the food.
Anyway, the school year is over and I'm on holidays. Yahoo! I've been busy adding some Christmassy touches to the place.
The tree is up and covered in ornaments collected over many years.
The verandah has a few Christmassy touches here and there.
There are many, many little gifts, given to me by students over many years, all scattered about the house. Of course, I did receive bucket loads of chocolates, smelly soaps or lotions, and coffee/tea cups over the many years of my teaching career.
I've been very appreciative of all the presents presented by happy-faced students over the years, but I have to admit that the gifts that were not chocolate, not smelly and not made of china have become very precious to me. Even though they're not the most sophisticated or classy looking things, they can be brought out every year and add that special touch of Christmas joy.
What does your place look like this Christmas? Do you have special things that bring back lovely memories?
Note: After I had published this post, Google Auto-Awesomed one of my collages (not sure that's a word, but what-the-hey!) I love what 'they' did with my collage. Here's the link.